Ballistics

Bal*lis"tics

(), n. [Cf. F. balistique. See Ballista.] The science or art of hurling missile weapons by the use of an engine. Whewell.
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2. The science treating the motion of projectiles in flight, especially when they are in free fall within the earth's gravitational field.
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3. The study of the characteristics of a cartridge fired from a firearm, and of the processes occurring during the discharge of a firearm.
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4. The division within a police department which studies the characteristics of cartridges fired from a firearm; the ballistics department. The characteristics of the weapons and bullets fired may be used as evidence in criminal investigations.
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