fragmentation bomb

noun

: a bomb or shell whose casing is splintered upon explosion and thrown in fragments in all directions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors say the three fragmentation bombs each contained up to a kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of a hydrogen peroxide mixture and around 65 cigarette-sized metal bolts. Afp, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2018 An antipersonnel fragmentation bomb exploded on the ground in southern Oregon, killing a pregnant woman and five children in what were believed to be the only fatalities resulting from the low-tech attacks. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2017 The planes dropped 250-kilogram high- explosive fragmentation bombs. David Filipov, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2017 The planes dropped 250-kilogram high-explosive fragmentation bombs. David Filipov, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fragmentation bomb was in 1918

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“Fragmentation bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fragmentation%20bomb. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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