AskDefine | Define ballistic

Dictionary Definition

ballistic adj : relating to or characteristic of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum and the force of gravity; "ballistic missile"

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English

Etymology

ballista, a military siege engine for throwing stones

Adjective

  1. Or relating to ballistics.
  2. Or relating to projectiles moving under their own momentum and gravity.
  3. Very angry.

Translations

relating to ballistics

Extensive Definition

Ballistic(s) may mean:
  • Ballistics, the science that deals with the motion, behavior, and effects of projectiles. Specifically:
    • Forensic ballistics, the science of analyzing firearm usage in crimes
    • Internal ballistics, the study of the processes originally accelerating the projectile, for example the passage of a bullet through the barrel of a rifle
    • Transition ballistics, the study of the projectile's behavior when it leaves the barrel and the pressure behind the projectile is equalized
    • External ballistics, the study of the passage of the projectile through space or the air
    • Terminal ballistics, the study of the interaction of a projectile with its target, whether that be flesh (for a hunting bullet), steel (for an anti-tank round), or even furnace slag (for an industrial slag disruptor)
  • Ballistic length, the distance a charge carrier can move (on average) in a solid material without being scattered
  • Ballistic missile, a missile that follows a sub-orbital flightpath
In media:
ballistic in Czech: Balistika (rozcestník)
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