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Meaning of ballistic by Wiktionary Dictionary

ballistic


    Etymology

    From Latin ballista ( “a military siege engine for throwing stones” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /bəˈlɪst.ɪk/

    Adjective

    ballistic ( comparative more ballistic, superlative most ballistic )

    1. ( not comparable ) Or relating to ballistics .
    2. ( comparable ) Or relating to projectiles moving under their own momentum, air drag, gravity and sometimes rocket power
    3. ( comparable, slang ) Very angry .
      When he heard him lie about it, he went ballistic .

    Synonyms



Explanation of ballistic by Wordnet Dictionary

ballistic


    Adjective
    1. relating to or characteristic of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum and the force of gravity

    2. ballistic missile


    Definition of ballistic by GCIDE Dictionary

    ballistic


    1. Ballistic a.
      1. Of or pertaining to the ballista, or to the art of hurling stones or missile weapons by means of an engine.

      2. Pertaining to ballistics2, or to a projectile in a gravitational field.

      3. frenzied; very angry; -- used mostly in the phrase go ballistic. [Colloq.]

      Ballistic pendulum, an instrument consisting of a mass of wood or other material suspended as a pendulum, for measuring the force and velocity of projectiles by means of the arc through which their impact impels it.