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    rocket, missile

    What's the difference between a "rocket" and a "missile"?
    Are both terms suitable for these devices that are launched on New Year's Eve?

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    Re: rocket, missile

    Did you look them up in a dictionary?
    Which one is a weapon?

    The word you want is fireworks.
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    Re: rocket, missile

    I know the term "fireworks" but there are so many different kinds of fireworks. Some explode on the ground, some don't explode at all, some are launched into the air, etc.

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    Re: rocket, missile

    Use 'rocket' in regards to fireworks. Bottle rockets, for example are a common celebratory firework.

    As a general rule, a missile is guided or aimed, while a rocket is merely launched in a general direction. Rockets are usually launched via a chemical reaction, while a missile may also be launched by mechanical means.

    All rockets are missiles, but not all missiles are rockets. For example arrows and thrown rocks rocks are missiles, but not rockets.
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    Re: rocket, missile

    I'm not sure all rockets are missiles. What about those taking astronauts to the International Space Station?

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    Re: rocket, missile

    One definition of missile is "projectile". In that sense, any rocket is a missile.

    Another and, I think, commoner meaning is "self-propelled weapon". In that sense, all missiles are rockets but not vice versa.
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    Re: rocket, missile

    In some places they do use rockets rather than fireworks. In Laos, they have a rocket festival, where they launch massive things, some weighing hundreds of kilos, in what is called the Rocket Festival:

    https://laosintranslations.files.wor.../p51906071.jpg
    https://c6.staticflickr.com/4/3540/3...1ebe2e826e.jpg
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Dec-2016 at 08:43. Reason: Fixed typo

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