from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fired, thrown, or otherwise propelled object, such as a bullet, having no capacity for self-propulsion.
  • n. A self-propelled missile, such as a rocket.
  • adj. Capable of being impelled or hurled forward.
  • adj. Driving forward; impelling: a projectile force.
  • adj. Zoology Capable of being thrust outward; protrusile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an object intended to be or having been fired from a weapon.
  • n. any object propelled through space by the application of a force.
  • adj. In the manner of something fired from a weapon.
  • adj. Designed to discharge projectiles towards its target.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Projecting or impelling forward.
  • adj. Caused or imparted by impulse or projection; impelled forward.
  • n. A body projected, or impelled forward, by force; especially, a missile adapted to be shot from a firearm.
  • n. A part of mechanics which treats of the motion, range, time of flight, etc., of bodies thrown or driven through the air by an impelling force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Impelling, throwing, driving, or shooting forward: as, a projectile force.
  • Caused by impulse; impelled or driven forward.
  • In zoology, capable of being thrust forward or protruded, as the jaws of a fish; protrusile.
  • n. A body projected, or impelled forward by force, particularly through the air.
  • n. Specifically, a missile intended to be projected from a cannon by the explosive force of gunpowder or some similar agent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
  • n. a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
  • adj. impelling or impelled forward


New Latin proiectile, neuter of prōiectilis, that can be thrown, from Latin prōiectus, past participle of prōicere, to throw out; see project.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin prōiectilis ("projectile"), from Latin prōiectus, perfect passive participle of prōiciō ("throw forth; extend; expel"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Haha! Excellent, oroboros!

    October 2, 2007

  • Herbie flinched and cried out as the percentile ricocheted off the rock he was hiding behind.

    October 2, 2007

  • Buford was in the 77th projectile of his class. :oP

    October 2, 2007

  • Indeed. A handy little word.

    October 2, 2007

  • Ah, so versatile. Everything from baby vomit to bombs.

    October 2, 2007