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

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



Definition of buckshot (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of buckshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Considine said there have been no reports of injuries but there has been reports of buckshot hitting houses. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Aug. 2022 The cowboys are loading their guns with dispassion and buckshot. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 23 June 2022 The peppering of holes left behind is reminiscent of a smattering of small projectiles, like buckshot, hence the disease name. baltimoresun.com, 9 Mar. 2022 Yet by spreading buckshot across the entire great and increasingly diverse melting pot of American consumers, Spitzer manages not really to offend anyone at all. Dale Buss, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Four slug shell casings and an unfired buckshot round were found by a gas pump, while six 10mm shell casings were discovered where the Impala had been. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 1 Dec. 2021 Once fragmented, the incoming impactor’s energy would be efficiently converted into heat, sound and light by the Earth’s atmosphere, which would act much like a bulletproof vest absorbing a blast of buckshot. Scientific American, 13 Oct. 2021 African-American sharpshooters shot four advancing policemen with buckshot, causing minor injuries. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Cape Cod Times reports that the 39-year-old runner sustained buckshot wounds on his neck and shoulder. The Editors, Outside Online, 9 Dec. 2014 Some of the buckshot pellets passed through Arbery’s body, the autopsy showed. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 17 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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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 5 Oct. 2022.

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