of or relating to ballistics.
having its motion determined or describable by the laws of exterior ballistics.
go ballistic, Informal. to become overwrought or irrational:
went ballistic over the idea of a tax hike.
Rearmament of our Cavalry with a 6-millimetre carbine, ballistically equal in all respects to the rifle of the Infantry.
Cavalry in Future Wars Frederick von Bernhardi.
There is a higher velocity and everything about the cartridge is better than the .38 S&W, ballistically.
Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
of or relating to ballistics
denoting or relating to the flight of projectiles after power has been cut off, moving under their own momentum and the external forces of gravity and air resistance
(of a measurement or measuring instrument) depending on a brief impulse or current that causes a movement related to the quantity to be measured: a ballistic pendulum
(informal) go ballistic, to become enraged or frenziedly violent
(of materials) strong enough to resist damage by projectile weapons: ballistic nylon
1775, “pertaining to thrown objects,” ultimately from Greek ballein “to throw” (see ballistics). Of rockets or missiles (ones that are guided while under propulsion, but fall freely), from 1949. Ballistic missile first attested 1954; they attain extreme heights, hence figurative expression go ballistic (1981) “become irrationally angry.”
see: go ballistic
the science or study of the motion of projectiles, as bullets, shells, or bombs. the art or science of designing projectiles for maximum flight performance. Contemporary Examples He admitted in court that he was not a pathologist, and that he did not have any formal training in ballistics or sound. Disastrous Turn By Star Witness […]
a smokeless powder consisting of nitroglycerine and cellulose nitrate chiefly in a 40 to 60 percent ratio: used as a solid fuel for rockets. Historical Examples ballistite: equal parts of nitroglycerine and soluble nitrocotton with some mineral jelly. The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various It was in the beginning of 1888 that he invented his well-known […]
the graphic record produced by a ballistocardiograph. ballistocardiogram bal·lis·to·car·di·o·gram (bə-lĭs’tō-kär’dē-ə-grām’) n. Abbr. BCG A recording of the body’s recoil as measured by a ballistocardiograph.
a device that determines cardiac output by recording the movements of the body caused by contraction of the heart and ejection of blood into the aorta. ballistocardiograph bal·lis·to·car·di·o·graph (bə-lĭs’tō-kär’dē-ə-grāf’) n. A device used to determine the volume of blood passing through the heart in a specific period of time and the force of cardiac contraction […]