heat-seeking missile

Definitions of heat-seeking missile
  1. noun
    a missile with a guidance system that directs it toward targets emitting infrared radiation (as the emissions of a jet engine)
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    brilliant pebble
    a code name for a small computerized heat-seeking missile that was supposed to intercept and destroy enemy missiles
    Stinger
    a portable low altitude surface-to-air missile system using infrared guidance and an impact fuse; fired from the shoulder
    type of:
    missile
    a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
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