missile

EnglishEdit

 
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A selection of missiles (military)

EtymologyEdit

From Latin missilis (that may be thrown), neuter missile (a weapon to be thrown, a javelin), in plural missilia (presents thrown among the people by the emperors), from mittere (to send). From 1611. Compare Middle French missile (projectile), from 1636.

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missile (plural missiles)

  1. Any object used as a weapon by being thrown or fired through the air, such as stone, arrow or bullet. [from 17th c.]
    The Rhodians, who used leaden bullets, were able to project their missiles twice as far as the Persian slingers, who used large stones.
    • Paragraph 24, R v Blackshaw (2012) WLR 1126
      Riot officers and police on horseback were deployed to disperse the crowns[sic – meaning crowds], but they came under attack from bottles, fireworks and other missiles.
  2. (military) A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after it is launched. [from 20th c.]
    That missile is explosive enough to kill hundreds.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French, from Latin missilis (that may be thrown) (as in English).

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missile m (plural missiles)

  1. missile

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ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmis.si.le/
  • Rhymes: -issile
  • Hyphenation: mìs‧si‧le

NounEdit

missile m (plural missili)

  1. missile

AdjectiveEdit

missile (plural missili)

  1. (relational) missile

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From missilis.

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missile n (genitive missilis); third declension

  1. a thrown weapon, such as a javelin
  2. (plural) presents from the Emperor thrown to the people
  3. (New Latin) a missile (self-propelled projectile)
    • 2018, Tuomo Pekkanen, Foederatio occidentalis Syriam missilibus percussit [1], Nuntii Latini 20.4.2018:
      USA, Britannia, Francia mane Sabbati plus centum missilia in tres metas Syriacas miserunt, in quibus arma chemica conficiebantur et tractabantur.
      The US, UK, and France Saturday morning fired over a hundred missiles at three Syrian sites in which chemical weapons were being built and stored.

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun (neuter, “pure” i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative missile missilia
Genitive missilis missilium
Dative missilī missilibus
Accusative missile missilia
Ablative missilī missilibus
Vocative missile missilia

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missile

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular of missilis

ReferencesEdit

  • missilis”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • missilis”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • missile in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette