A missile is a tube-shaped weapon that travels long distances through the air and explodes when it reaches its target.
e.g. The authorities offered to stop firing missiles if the rebels agreed to stop attacking civilian targets.
e.g. ...nuclear missiles.
Anything that is thrown as a weapon can be called a missile.
e.g. The football supporters began throwing missiles, one of which hit the referee.
3. see also: cruise missile;guided missile