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impactor

noun; derivation
An object that impacts another object; a projectile.
 
Nobody's sure what will happen next. There's a small chance the impactor will blow the 2-½-mile-long comet to smithereens, or simply bore through it like a bullet through a snowball.
Etymology : impactor. 'impact' + M.E. '-or' (noun suffix; one that performs a specified action)
Source : http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002102807_comet28.html
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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