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a winged guided missile designed to deliver a conventional or nuclear warhead by flying at low altitudes to avoid detection by radar.
an air-breathing low-flying subsonic missile that is continuously powered and guided throughout its flight and carries a warhead

A military missile equipped with an onboard computer that allows it to guide itself on a preprogrammed course over long distances by sensing the terrain and comparing it to maps stored in its memory. (See smart weapons.)

Note: Cruise missiles first came into public awareness during the Persian Gulf War.


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