Adjective "ballistic" definition and examples

(Ballistic may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bəˈlɪstɪk/

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Definitions and examples

adjective

Relating to projectiles or their flight.
  1. 'Mounted onto a stock with the addition of a winch, ratchet apparatus, and trigger mechanism, much further distances and much greater ballistic forces were achieved.'
  2. 'This complete loss of memory after 0.1 ps reduces the amount of ballistic motion of atoms inside a void.'
Moving under the force of gravity only.
  1. 'Most of a spacecraft's flight is ballistic, that is, it is not powered but is pulled by gravity, with engines needed for course corrections.'
  2. 'Adversaries could also launch both theater ballistic and cruise missiles to arrive simultaneously at the designated target.'

More definitions

1. of or relating to ballistics.

2. having its motion determined or describable by the laws of exterior ballistics. Idioms

3. go ballistic, Informal. to become overwrought or irrational: went ballistic over the idea of a tax hike.

More examples(as adjective)

"missiles can be ballistic."

"tests can be ballistic."

"programmes can be ballistic."

"weapons can be ballistic."

"systems can be ballistic."

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Origin

Late 18th century: from ballista + -ic.

Phrase

go ballistic