From French missile, from Latin missilis (“that may be thrown”), neuter missile (“a weapon to be thrown, a javelin”), in plural missilia (“presents thrown among the people by the emperors”), from mittere (“to send”).
- (UK): IPA(key): /ˈmɪsaɪl/
- Rhymes: -ɪsaɪl
- (US, Canada): enPR: mĭsʹīl, IPA(key): /ˈmɪsaɪl/ or enPR: mĭsʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈmɪsəl/
- Rhymes: -ɪsaɪl, -ɪsəl
missile (plural missiles)
- Any object used as a weapon to hit the enemy or prey through the air, such as stone, arrow or bullet.
- The Rhodians, who used leaden bullets, were able to project their missiles twice as far as the Persian slingers, who used large stones.
- (military) A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after having been launched.
- That missile is explosive enough to kill hundreds.
- missile in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “missile”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
missile m (plural missiles)
- “missile” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
missile m (plural missili)
missile m, f (masculine and feminine plural missili)
- missile (attributive)