buck·​shot | \ ˈbək-ˌshät How to pronounce buckshot (audio) \

Definition of buckshot

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: lead shot that is from .24 to .33 inch (about 6.1 to 8.4 millimeters) in diameter



Definition of buckshot (Entry 2 of 2)

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Sustained bursts of automatic weapon fire could be heard in videos filmed during the protest, and at least seven people were wounded, hospital officials said, some sprayed by buckshot in the eyes. New York Times, "Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear," 10 Aug. 2019 Sustained bursts of automatic weapon fire could be heard in videos filmed during the protest, and at least seven people were wounded, hospital officials said, some sprayed by buckshot in the eyes. Sameer Yasir, BostonGlobe.com, "Confusion, rage, and protest grip cutoff Kashmir," 10 Aug. 2019 In the tale, the frog lost a jumping contest after being secretly force-fed a handful of buckshot. Joe Dworetzky, Los Angeles Times, "The threatened frogs of the Santa Monica Mountains always had it hard. The Woolsey fire made things much worse," 25 July 2019 The doctors who tried to save his eyes said that 52 rubber buckshot pellets hit his face, 16 of them flying directly into his eyes. Stefano Pozzebon And Anggy Polanco, CNN, "Venezuelan teen blinded after 52 rubber pellets to the face," 17 July 2019 The skeletons of more than 50 boys were unearthed, rib cages blasted by buckshot. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Continues to Make a Classic American Genre His Own," 11 July 2019 Buttons from a Union jacket were also found with the remains of the man who died from buckshot. James Rogers, Fox News, "Civil War battlefield discovery: Surgeon's burial pit reveals soldiers' remains, amputated limbs," 21 June 2018 The second man was likely between 30 and 34 years of age and died from a .31 caliber lead buckshot to the upper arm, pelvis, and leg. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Grim look at Civil War surgery unearthed by new pit of limbs, bodies," 21 June 2018 Other strategies, such as constructing barriers, shooting the animals with rubber buckshot and scaring them with firecrackers, have had little effect. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In addition to pyrotechnics, buckshot and smokeless powder, the box mailed to Obama contained several suspicious items, including a cell phone, matches, paper wadding, hobby fuse, plastics sacks and sandpaper. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Brookshire woman admits targeting Obama in failed bomb plot," 5 July 2019 Ricci leaned out the car and fired two buckshot blasts, missing the black man — the intended target — and killing his girlfriend, investigators said. Jacques Billeaud, azcentral, "Fatal attack on interracial couple in Arizona heads to trial," 7 May 2018 Shreveport toddler hit in the face by buckshot: report A 3-year-old Shreveport girl was hit in the face by buckshot Saturday afternoon (March 17), according to KSLA-12 News. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Police looking for missing 62-year-old man: NOPD," 17 Mar. 2018

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1775, in the meaning defined above


1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buckshot was in 1775

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English Language Learners Definition of buckshot

: small lead balls that are fired by a shotgun

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