The science or art of hurling missile weapons through an engine
- the trajectory of an item in no-cost flight
- the science of journey characteristics
- The research or art of hurling missile weapons by the usage of an engine.
1753, "art of throwing; science of projectiles," with -ics + Latin ballista "ancient military device for hurling stones," from Greek ballistes, from ballein "to throw, to put so as to strike," in addition in a looser good sense, "to put, destination, put;" from PIE root *gwele- (1) "to put, achieve," in prolonged senses "to pierce" (cognates: Sanskrit apa-gurya "swinging," balbaliti "whirls, twirls;" Greek bole "a throw, ray, ray," belemnon "dart, javelin," belone "needle"). Right here, too, probably belongs Greek ballizein "to dance," literally "to throw your body," ancient Greek dancing being highly athletic.
(n.) The research or art of hurling missile weapons by way of an engine.
A great change has come over interior ballistics in recent years, as the old black gunpowder has been abandoned in artillery after holding the field for six hundred years.