[Wikipedia excerpt: ‘…Etymology: From Latin missilis (“that may be thrown”), neuter missile (“a weapon to be thrown, a javelin”), in plural missilia (“presents thrown among the people by the emperors”), from mittere (“to send”). From 1611. Compare Middle French missile (“projectile”), from 1636….Noun: missile (plural missiles) Any object used as a weapon by being thrown or fired through the air, such as stone, arrow or bullet. [from 17th c.] The Rhodians, who used leaden bullets, were able to project their missiles twice as far as the Persian slingers, who used large stones. (military) A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after it is launched. [from 20th c.] That missile is explosive enough to kill hundreds..….’ ].