Definition of missile noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


; ˈmɪsl
1 a weapon that is sent through the air and that explodes when it hits the thing that it is aimed atnuclear missilesa missile base/site see also ballistic missile, cruise missile, guided missile2 an object that is thrown at somebody to hurt them
Missiles including stones and bottles were thrown at the police.
Usage noteUsage note: War and peaceStarting a wardeclare/make/wage war (on somebody/something)go to war (against/with somebody)cause/spark/provoke/foment/quell unrestincite/lead/crush/suppress a revolt/rebellionlaunch/mount/carry out a surprise/terrorist attackprevent/halt/represent an escalation of the conflictbe torn apart by/be on the brink of civil warenter/invade/occupy somebody's territorylead/launch/resist/repel an invasionMilitary operationsadopt/develop/implement/pursue a military strategycarry out/execute/perform military operations/manoeuvres/(especially US) maneuverssend/deploy/station/pull back/withdraw troopsgo on/fly/carry out a reconnaissance/rescue missiontrain/equip/deploy army/military/combat unitslead/launch/conduct a raid/a surprise attack/an (air/airborne/amphibious) assault (on somebody)employ/use guerrilla tacticsconduct/wage biological/guerrilla warfarefight/crush/defeat the rebels/the insurgencysuffer/inflict a crushing defeatachieve/win a decisive victoryhalt/stop the British/German/Russian advanceorder/force a retreatFightingjoin/serve in the army/navy/air forcebe/go/remain/serve on active dutyserve/complete/return from a tour of dutybe sent to the front (line)attack/strike/engage/defeat/kill/destroy the enemysee/report/be engaged in heavy fightingcall for/be met with armed resistancecome under heavy/machine-gun/mortar firefire a machine-gun/mortar shells/rockets (at somebody/something)shoot a rifle/a pistol/bullets/missileslaunch/fire a cruise/ballistic/anti-tank missileuse biological/chemical/nuclear weaponsinflict/suffer/sustain heavy losses/casualtiesbe hit/killed by enemy/friendly/artillery firebecome/be held as a prisoner of warCivilians in warharm/kill/target/protect innocent/unarmed civilianscause/avoid/limit/minimize civilian casualties/collateral damageimpose/enforce/lift a curfewengage in/be a victim of ethnic cleansingbe sent to an internment/a concentration campaccept/house/resettle refugees fleeing from warfear/threaten military/violent reprisalscommit/be accused of war crimes/crimes against humanity/genocideMaking peacemake/bring/win/achieve/maintain/promote peacecall for/negotiate/broker/declare a ceasefire/a temporary trucesign a ceasefire agreementcall for/bring/put an end to hostilitiesdemand/negotiate/accept the surrender of somebody/somethingestablish/send (in) a peacekeeping forcenegotiate/conclude/ratify/sign/accept/reject/break/violate a peace treaty