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missilenoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɪs.aɪl/  us   /-əl/
C2 a ​flyingweapon that has ​its own ​engine so that it can ​travel a ​longdistance before ​exploding at the ​place that it has been ​aimed at: a missile launcher Missile attacks on the ​capitalresumed at ​dawn. formal any ​object that is ​thrown with the ​intention of ​causinginjury or ​damage: Stones, ​bottles, and other missiles were ​thrown at the ​police.

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(Definition of missile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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missilenoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɪs·əl/
a ​flyingweapon that has ​its own ​engine and can ​travel a ​longdistance 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.
(Definition of missile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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