grenade

noun
gre·​nade | \ grə-ˈnād How to pronounce grenade (audio) \

Definition of grenade

: a small missile that contains an explosive or a chemical agent (such as tear gas, a flame producer, or a smoke producer) and that is thrown by hand or projected (as by a rifle or special launcher)

Examples of grenade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The seizure of Zaporizhzhia began with an artillery and rocket-propelled grenade barrage during the early hours of March 4. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 17 June 2022 The grenade’s shaped charge warhead punches through over 200mm of steel, and so easily penetrates a tank’s thin top armor. David Hambling, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Ukraine also said Russian forces had fired artillery and grenade launchers at Ukrainian troops around Zaporizhzhia, which has been a refuge for civilians fleeing Mariupol, and attacked in the Chernihiv and Sumy regions to the north. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 13 May 2022 Ukraine also said Russian forces had fired artillery and grenade launchers at Ukrainian troops in the direction of Zaporizhzhia, which has been a refuge for civilians fleeing Mariupol, and attacked in the Chernihiv and Sumy regions to the north. Oleksandr Stashevskyi, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 The bottle itself, shaped like a grenade, is enough to turn heads when sitting on your dresser. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Later, after an officer picked up a smoke grenade that had been spreading smoke near police and lobbed it toward protesters, Milstreed allegedly picked it up and threw it back toward police, the document said. Colleen Slevin, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2022 Just last month, a gunman set off a smoke grenade and fired a barrage of bullets in a rush-hour subway train in Brooklyn, injuring 10 riders. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Even at his appearance in Birmingham for the new Nick Saban Legacy Award, Spurrier couldn’t help but lob a grenade at the Miami Hurricanes. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grenade

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grenade

Middle French, literally, pomegranate, from Late Latin granata, from Latin, feminine of granatus seedy, from granum grain — more at corn

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23 Jun 2022

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“Grenade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grenade. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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grenade

noun
gre·​nade | \ grə-ˈnād How to pronounce grenade (audio) \

Kids Definition of grenade

: a small bomb designed to be thrown by hand or fired (as by a rifle)

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