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[mis-uh l or, esp. British, -ahyl] /ˈmɪs əl or, esp. British, -aɪl/

an object or weapon for throwing, hurling, or shooting, as a stone, bullet, or arrow.
capable of being thrown, hurled, or shot, as from the hand or a gun.
used or designed for discharging missiles.
any object or weapon that is thrown at a target or shot from an engine, gun, etc


“thing thrown or discharged as a weapon,” is 1650s, from missile (adj.), 1610s, “capable of being thrown,” chiefly in phrase missile weapon, from French missile and directly from Latin missilis “that may be thrown or hurled” (also, in plural, as a noun, “weapons that can be thrown, darts, javelins”), from missus “a throwing, hurling,” past participle of mittere “to send” (see mission). Sense of “self-propelled rocket or bomb” is first recorded 1738; the modern remote guidance projectile so called from 1945.

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