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)

Examples of buckshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This unique Ultimate Defense load from Remington is filled with 17 No. 3 buckshot pellets. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 15 Best Personal Defense Ammo for Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns," 27 July 2020 Its modernized control system has returned with a cool new maneuver: a quick-dodge step that, when timed perfectly, gives players a slow-mo opportunity to either escape a monster's clutches or aim a perfect round of buckshot into their undead faces. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Resident Evil 3 Remake review: Are we ready for pandemic nostalgia?," 30 Mar. 2020 Ghost-ring sights allow for rapid target acquisition and make hitting with buckshot or slugs easier at even longer ranges. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "Best Cheap Guns of SHOT Show 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 The multiple wounds were caused by buckshot, a type of ammunition that contains multiple pellets in one shell, the report said. azcentral, "Homeland Security Investigations agents involved in shootings nationwide," 24 Feb. 2020 And while some local residents still oppose honoring Tubman — hence the buckshot in the sign — public officials from both parties have embraced her. BostonGlobe.com, "Climate change is wiping out Harriet Tubman’s homeland, and we’re doing little - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 Authorities said that a police officer had been detained after he was accused of injuring two minors with buckshot inside a school in Santiago. Washington Post, "Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest," 7 Nov. 2019 The show frequently strikes its targets, but only by spraying so much satirical buckshot that some of it is bound to hit. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "‘Soft Power’ reviews at the Public Theater veer from ‘revolutionary’ to ‘nonsense’," 16 Oct. 2019 The show frequently strikes its targets, but only by spraying so much satirical buckshot that some of it is bound to hit. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Soft Power': Theater Review," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Winchester’s Inflex technology recoil pad directs recoil downward, taking some of the sting out of heavy buckshot or goose loads. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "9 New and Used Shotguns for Hunting and Home Defense," 24 Apr. 2020 Each pellet is split halfway, looking more like a splitshot sinker than a buckshot pellet. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Best New Shotgun Ammo of the 2020 SHOT Show," 7 Feb. 2020 Shotguns can work great for bear, but load them with slugs, not buckshot. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Black Bear Cartridges," 17 Sep. 2019 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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“Buckshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckshot. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of buckshot

: small lead balls that are fired by a shotgun

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