Ballistic missile

any missile that, after being launched and possibly guided during takeoff, travels unpowered in a ballistic trajectory.
Contemporary Examples

Russia is also working on new a fleet of ballistic missile submarines, attack submarines to operate under the ice caps.
Russia Preps Its North Pole Invasion Dave Majumdar November 7, 2014

a missile that has no wings or fins and that follows a ballistic trajectory when its propulsive power is discontinued


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    the path of an unpowered object, as a missile, moving only under the influence of gravity and possibly atmospheric friction and with its surface providing no significant lift to alter the course of flight.

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