Definition of intercontinental ballistic missile in English:

intercontinental ballistic missile

noun

  • A ballistic missile with a range of over 5,500 km (3,400 miles)

    ‘the submarine can carry up to twenty intercontinental ballistic missiles’
    • ‘The country already has intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, and its arsenal is sure to grow larger.’
    • ‘Their craft, the Cosmos 1, is scheduled to launch into space on a modified Russian intercontinental ballistic missile.’
    • ‘In 1958 he received the U. S. Air Force's Exceptional Civilian Award for developing the first intercontinental ballistic missile.’
    • ‘President Dwight D. Eisenhower canceled the army intercontinental ballistic missile program, giving land-based missiles solely to the air force.’
    • ‘Even though the United States has hundreds of intercontinental ballistic missiles only one can be fired exactly every five minutes.’
    • ‘We will need to replace (or substantially refurbish) our intercontinental ballistic missiles within 20 years or so.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union announced in August 1957 that it had successfully launched the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile.’
    • ‘The original Air Force objective was to develop an operational intercontinental ballistic missile system before the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Interceptors can intercept and destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles during their midcourse phase of flight.’
    • ‘As commander, General Myers was responsible for defending America through space and intercontinental ballistic missile operations.’