Meaning of BALLISTIC in English


I. bəˈlistik, -ēk also ba- adjective

Etymology: Latin ballista + English -ic

1. : of or belonging to the hurling of missiles

the ballistic power of a crossbow

2. : of or relating to ballistics or to a body in motion when the characteristics of such motion are determined by the laws of ballistics

3. : belonging to or actuated by a sudden impulse (as that due to an electric discharge)

• bal·lis·ti·cal·ly -tə̇k(ə)lē, -tēk-, -li adverb

II. adjective

1. : being or characterized by a repeated bouncing movement

ballistic stretching

2. : extremely and usually suddenly excited, upset, or angry : wild

went ballistic

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.