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artillery mounted large-caliber weapons, such as cannons or rocket launchers, used in land warfare and manned by a crew. [1/3 definitions]
bazooka a shoulder-held, cylindrical rocket-launcher that fires an armor-penetrating shell.
blastoff a launching of a rocket-driven missile or spacecraft.
booster a segment of a rocket that provides the main source of propulsion during takeoff. [1/4 definitions]
combustion chamber an engine chamber, esp. in a jet or rocket, in which fuel or a propellant is burned.
contrail a visible trail of moisture condensed into water drops or ice crystals, formed in the wake of a high-flying plane or rocket; vapor trail.
countdown the act or procedure of counting in reverse in preparation for some event, such as the firing of a rocket, to occur at "zero". [1/2 definitions]
cruise missile a long-range guided missile, propelled by a jet or rocket and capable of being launched from an aircraft, ship, or submarine.
cyanogen a poisonous organic gas of carbon and nitrogen that is used for chemical warfare, as a rocket propellant, and in organic synthesis.
destruct the act of destroying a missile or rocket, esp. a defective one just after launch. [2/3 definitions]
fire to shoot or launch (a weapon, rocket, or the like). [1/13 definitions]
flight-test to fly (an aircraft or rocket) or launch (a missile) for testing purposes.
free flight the flight or any part a flight, as of an airplane or rocket, that occurs without a means of propulsion.
gantry a framework that supports a missile or rocket prior to launch and facilitates construction and maintenance. [1/2 definitions]
guidance a system that automatically steers and controls a rocket or missile. [1/3 definitions]
hydrazine a colorless and corrosive fuming liquid substance of nitrogen and hydrogen that is used in rocket and jet fuels.
jato an act or the process of taking off by an aircraft using auxiliary or disposable jet or rocket engines (acronym for "jet-assisted takeoff"). [1/2 definitions]
jet stream the exhaust of a reaction engine such as a jet or rocket. [1/2 definitions]
launch pad the platform or base from which a rocket, guided missile, or space vehicle is launched.
launch vehicle a system, usu. a rocket, from which a spacecraft or other payload is launched.
launch window the short period of time during which a rocket must be launched if it is to arrive at a certain place at a certain time.