buckshot

noun
buck·​shot | \ˈbək-ˌshät \

Definition of buckshot 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

buckshot

adjective

Definition of buckshot (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of buckshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But instead of using rubber, the homeowner accidentally loaded a gun with real buckshot, killing the bear, according to the news release. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Homeowner killed their mom to defend his bird feeder. Now bear cubs are getting help," 8 June 2018 Creative Quest, then, is the result of Thompson's neural buckshot. Clay Skipper, GQ, "Questlove on How Distractions Can Be Creatively Fruitful and the Time He Binged Every Episode of Friends," 18 Apr. 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 The size of the shot varies, with smaller birdshot less likely to kill or incapacitate a human, while larger buckshot is more useful for home defense. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What a Gun Is," 7 Mar. 2018 The ammunition issued for the riot guns was lethal buckshot, shells used by deer hunters that contain nine to 12 pellets as large as .38 caliber pistol slugs. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "‘Stained with blood’: The 1968 campus massacre of black protesters by South Carolina police," 8 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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First Known Use of buckshot

Noun

1775, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buckshot was in 1775

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buckshot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buckshot

: small lead balls that are fired by a shotgun

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