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High winds will alter the rocket’s trajectory.
  the path followed by an object moving through space

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the path of any sequence of events
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  • High winds will alter the rocket’s trajectory.
  • Medicare cannot survive on its current trajectory.
  • If growth continues on its current trajectory, the company will need another two million dollars in working capital next year.
  • The beetle came in a single whistling trajectory, fired from an invisible rifle.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451

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  • It has a trajectory we decide for it.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • My heart shoots into my throat every time I think I see his loping walk, or catch sight of some floppy brown hair on a boy—but it’s never him, and each time it isn’t, my heart does a reverse trajectory down into the very pit of my stomach.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • So when the end table was knocked over, they should have spilled mostly in front of it, following the trajectory of the falling table.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I tried to digest all this, trying to picture the trajectory of Daniel’s life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • And each of them could easily hurl my world into a new trajectory.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "Those are trajectory lines—Honestly, am I the only person who’s ever seen a strategy map?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • Ma:rk’s eyes followed the trajectory.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Hassan pointed, and Colin followed the trajectory of his finger to an oak tree about fifteen feet away.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Their trajectory is converging.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • He followed her trajectory backward and saw the tall girl standing beside the room with the busted door.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Then he adjusted his trajectory, and leaned on his side, as if he’d just remembered there was something fragile he couldn’t sit on.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The circle rose like a fleeing partridge, glittered brilliantly in the sunshine as it reached the top of its trajectory, sailed gracefully out over a nearby tundra pond and, with barely a splash, sliced into the water and disappeared forever.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • She stumbled, changing the trajectory of the magbelt, but the android’s metal pinchers grasped her wrist first.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Many of the stories, she finds, follow a similar trajectory: This bad thing happened, and this—and I found myself on a train—and this bad thing happened, and this—but I grew up to become a respectable, law-abiding citizen; I fell in love, I had children and grandchildren; in short, I’ve had a happy life, a life that could only have been possible because I was orphaned or abandoned and sent to Kansas or Minnesota or Oklahoma on a train.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • And while his career kept advancing after that snub, it didn’t do so at quite the same trajectory.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The transceiver crackles with wind speeds, air pressure, trajectories.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Please don’t check the firing trajectory, he thought.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The wine-dark splash carried a blatting animation that threw me back into the energy of the shot all over again: the kick, the burst, trajectory of droplets.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A jet, up in the blue, silently marking its trajectory with a long, single vapor trail.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I throw my knife at the oncoming mutt but the creature somersaults, evading the blade, and stays on its trajectory.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "Computer," said Zaphod, "tell us what our present trajectory is."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Tally looked down, plotting trajectories from the hilltop, shushing David when he started to speak again, the wheels of her brain spinning.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • The diagram shows the car veering off the left-hand side, then tumbling down I-24 in a trajectory that took it back across both lanes of westbound traffic.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The boy watched it through its trajectory for some time, until it was hidden behind the white houses surrounding the plaza.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • All performed flawlessly, flying nice elliptical trajectories downrange to impact on the slack.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • His pen pressed harder and harder as he colored in the embalming fluid inside, as he perfected the trajectory of the three drops squirting out.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • In my wildest imagination, I could never have guessed the trajectory it would choose.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • I follow the same tortured trajectory over and over—from my rush of disbelieving joy to my crashing deflation.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Force times the trajectory angle-
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • If he shot from the hip just above knee level in a flat trajectory, the axeheads as I see them could have been at the right height.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It is impossible to know what murky convergence of chromosomal matter, parentchild dynamics, and alignment of the cosmos was responsible, but Christopher Johnson McCandless came into the world with unusual gifts and a will not easily deflected from its trajectory.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I would recognize them because of their flat trajectory.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • The jolt probably made her lose concentration, even as the fireballs continued to fly her way, because she misjudged the trajectory of one of them and ended up catching it against her shirt.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • A decade later, however, a subsequent ascent of the mountain helped establish the trajectory of my life.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Cellular phones have followed the same trajectory.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The flat trajectory of the shell came and he saw the gypsy jink like a running boar as the earth spouted the little black and gray geyser ahead of him.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Third, her physics teacher had used this very movie to prove, scientifically, that given the speed of the car and the trajectory of the vectors, the actor could indeed jump the bridge-but only if the wind wasn’t blowing.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Whatever the range of its flight, however evasive its trajectory (even up and over the Nautilus), the hapless flying fish always found a dolphin to welcome it with open mouth.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He held the bag out there, the wine making a flat, hard trajectory into his mouth, and he kept on swallowing smoothly and regularly.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • Vandenberg computed this site on the basis of radar observations and 1410 computer trajectory projections.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Thus, by a sort of infiltration from below upwards, with the aid of metaphor, that incalculable, trajectory slang mounts from the cavern to the Academy; and Poulailler saying: "I light my camoufle," causes Voltaire to write: "Langleviel La Beaumelle deserves a hundred camouflets."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So it will have described a trajectory corresponding to the marble’s path across the inclined plane.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Speed and trajectory indicates they are ballistic missiles.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Those flat-trajectory shells would skim straight in, making a roaring sound in the dark: Foom!
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Other eyewitnesses depose that they observed an incandescent object of enormous proportions hurtling through the atmosphere at a terrifying velocity in a trajectory directed southwest by west.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • this other planet, that’s moving within the same trajectory as Earth.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
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