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 According to a local historian, Lt. Gibson was not killed by the 1st Delaware Cavalry, as reported, but by a citizen of Westminster armed with a shotgun loaded with buckshot. David Buie, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 25 June 2021 The gun, filled with a type of buckshot, was designed to send the ammo flying if triggered. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2021 With an extended magazine tube, or detachable box magazine loaded with 00 buckshot, the shotgun brings overwhelmingly effective firepower to a close-quarter fight. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, 18 Sep. 2020 More like a fruitcake your neighbor dropped off in early December that’s left on the counter through the new year, its red and green cherries hardening into buckshot before being hauled out to the curb with the Christmas tree. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2020 Yes, the metaphor is an obvious and cheap stereotypical shot -- but there was no way Howard’s project wasn’t going to be greeted with fusillades of rhetorical buckshot from one side or the other. al, 10 Nov. 2020 His back leg had a wound and buckshot pieces embedded in it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2020 Stun the bear with the buckshot, then follow up with a hard-hitting slug. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, 21 Oct. 2020 As an example, 00 buckshot should hold an IPSC A-zone at 15 yards and a 30-inch circle at about 25 yards. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The buckshot pellets from the blast pierced my right shoulder and chest; blood gushed from the wound. Dennis S. Charney, STAT, 18 June 2021 The buckshot blast hits Maud in the chest, puncturing his right lung, ribs, and sternum. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 2 May 2012 Seven of the buckshot pellets dug a series of craters above his navel. Les Payne, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2020 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, 24 Apr. 2020 Each pellet is split halfway, looking more like a splitshot sinker than a buckshot pellet. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 7 Feb. 2020 Shotguns can work great for bear, but load them with slugs, not buckshot. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 7 May 2018

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1775, in the meaning defined above


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“Buckshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckshot. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of buckshot

: small lead balls that are fired by a shotgun

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