The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ballistic \Bal*lis"tic\, a.
Of or pertaining to the ballista, or to the art of hurling stones or missile weapons by means of an engine.
Pertaining to ballistics, or to a projectile in a gravitational field.
frenzied; very angry; -- used mostly in the phrase
go ballistic. [Colloq.]
Ballistic pendulum, an instrument consisting of a mass of wood or other material suspended as a pendulum, for measuring the force and velocity of projectiles by means of the arc through which their impact impels it.
vb. (context idiomatic English) To become very angry and irrational.
v. get very angry and fly into a rage; "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic" [syn: flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse]
Go Ballistic is the first CD release by Ipswich ska band, The Ballistics.
Usage examples of "go ballistic".
If Saladin had come in a bit more slowly or on a course with a broader chord, she might have had enough time to accelerate onto a converging course, then go ballistic to sneak into range with her own drives down.
If she were Livadhi, she'd go ballistic, using the planetary satellite's mass to redevelop velocity and swing around, then push the cruiser's insystem drive to its limit to catch up with the trader.
He could think of at least two who would go ballistic if they were passed over for his trial, but such was the unpredictable and often cruel world of Washington.
Course corrections, then on with the stasis field, go ballistic, use the outer layer of the sun for braking down to orbital speeds.