claymore mine


: a usually electrically fired land mine containing steel fragments that are discharged in a predetermined direction

Examples of claymore mine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some tech-savvy people’s militias are jerry-rigging drones and 3D-printing rifles, most of Htoo’s time in the KNLA was spent setting claymore mines and learning how to make homemade bombs with bamboo shafts, not always with good results. Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2023 The shape of the drone also suggests that the warhead may be highly directional, effectively a miniature claymore mine. David Hambling, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 The right flank man suddenly discovered an enemy claymore mine covering the route of advance and shouted a warning to his comrades. Drew Broach | Staff Writer,, 10 Nov. 2020 In the mid-2000s, a group of soldiers duct taped a claymore mine to a small surveillance robot and sent it down an Iraq alleyway, killing a man. Caroline Lester, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2018

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Word History


probably from claymore

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of claymore mine was in 1961

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“Claymore mine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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