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missilenoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɪs.aɪl/ us   /ˈmɪs.əl/
C2 a flying weapon that has its own engine so that it can travel a long distance before exploding at the place that it has been aimed at: a missile launcher Missile attacks on the capital resumed at dawn.
formal any object that is thrown with the intention of causing injury or damage: Stones, bottles, and other missiles were thrown at the police.

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missilenoun [C]

us   /ˈmɪs·əl/
a flying weapon that has its own engine and can travel a long distance before exploding at the place at which it has been aimed: a nuclear missile a guided missile
A missile can also be any object that is thrown with the intention of causing injury or damage: Rioters hurled missiles at the police.
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