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shrapnel

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noun shrap·nel \ˈshrap-nəl, especially Southern ˈsrap-\

Simple Definition of shrapnel

  • : small metal pieces that scatter outwards from an exploding bomb, shell, or mine

Full Definition of shrapnel

plural shrapnel

  1. 1 :  a projectile that consists of a case provided with a powder charge and a large number of usually lead balls and that is exploded in flight

  2. 2 :  bomb, mine, or shell fragments

Examples of shrapnel

  1. He has a piece of shrapnel in his leg.

  2. Shrapnel from the explosion wounded many people.



Origin of shrapnel

Henry Shrapnel †1842 English artillery officer


First Known Use: 1806

Rhymes with shrapnel


SHRAPNEL Defined for Kids

shrapnel

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noun shrap·nel \ˈshrap-nəl\

Definition of shrapnel

  1. :  small metal pieces that scatter outwards from an exploding bomb, shell, or mine





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