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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawr-hed]
    • /ˈwɔrˌhɛd/
    • /ˈwɔː.hed/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr-hed]
    • /ˈwɔrˌhɛd/

Definitions of warhead word

  • noun warhead the forward section of a self-propelled missile, bomb, torpedo, or the like, containing the explosive, chemical, or atomic charge. 1
  • noun warhead The explosive head of a missile, torpedo, or similar weapon. 1
  • noun warhead explosive part of missile 1
  • countable noun warhead A warhead is the front part of a bomb or missile where the explosives are carried. 0
  • noun warhead the part of the fore end of a missile or projectile that contains explosives 0
  • noun warhead the head, or forward section, of a torpedo, bomb, or other projectile, containing the explosive charge, chemical, etc. 0

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Origin of warhead

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900; war1 + head

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Parts of speech for Warhead


warhead popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for warhead

noun warhead

  • heat barrier — thermal barrier.
  • heat shield — a coating or structure that surrounds part of the nose cone or other vulnerable surfaces of a spacecraft and, by heat absorption or ablation, protects them from excessive heating during reentry.
  • thermal barrier — the high temperatures produced by the friction between a supersonic object and the earth's atmosphere that limit the speed of an airplane or rocket.

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