abbr. multiple independently-targeted re-entry vehicle (a type of missile).

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/merrv/, n.
Also, M.I.R.V.

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MIRV /mûrv/
1. A missile containing many thermonuclear warheads, able to attack separate targets
2. Any of the warheads in such a missile
transitive verb (milit sl; without caps)
To provide with such missiles or warheads
ORIGIN: Multiple Independently Targeted Re-entry Vehicle

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MIRV «murv», noun, verb.
1. a long-range missile having multiple warheads that can be guided from beyond the atmosphere to different targets so as to penetrate an enemy's antiballistic missile shield.
2. any one of the warheads on this missile.
to equip with a MIRV.
[< M(ultiple) I(ndependently-targeted) R(eentry) V(ehicle)]

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n. a type of intercontinental nuclear missile carrying several independent warheads
1960s: acronym from Multiple Independently targeted Re-entry Vehicle

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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