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 city of Minneapolis will pay $170,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who suffered severe burns when a police officer threw a flash-bang grenade that landed in the man's car last March. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis pays out $170,000 to settle lawsuit over police flash-bang grenade tossed into car," 22 Dec. 2020 Weapons drawn, officers threw in a flash-bang grenade. Matt Mencarini, USA TODAY, "Louisville police's 'no-knock' warrants most often targeted Black residents, analysis shows," 2 Dec. 2020 As an attack vehicle, the Humvee will carry a potent mix of weapons ranging from machine guns and grenade launchers to the deadly TOW antitank missile. Murray Rubenstein, Popular Mechanics, "The Jeep Is Dead, Long Live the HMMWV," 21 Oct. 2020 Another tossed a flash-bang grenade into the living room, filling the house with smoke. NBC News, "'Live PD' was canceled. But in one Texas county, its twisted legacy lives on," 11 Oct. 2020 Instead of cannons, French forces would use medium machine guns such as the FN MAG (known as the M240 in the U.S. Army) and automatic grenade launchers such as the Heckler and Koch GMG. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Medieval Star Forts Are Surprisingly Alive and Well in North Africa," 31 Dec. 2020 Over the next 20 minutes, the guards used heavy-caliber machine guns and grenade to kill 17 Iraqi civilians — including two children — and wound 17 others. Los Angeles Times, "Trump pardon of Blackwater killers sparks outrage in Iraq," 23 Dec. 2020 There is a reason behind that military comparison, though: The Unequal origin story is based around a challenge to design military grade body armor — bullet, grenade-proof stuff — that is light and flexible. Luke Johnson,, "How a half-inch of ballistic material is guarding Drew Brees' ribs. 'I'm honored to have protected a GOAT'," 23 Dec. 2020 The guards would later be charged in the deaths of 14 civilians, including women and children, in what U.S. prosecutors said was a wild, unprovoked attack by sniper fire, machine guns and grenade launchers against unarmed Iraqis. Eric Tucker And Ellen Knickmeyer,, "Trump pardons in killings of Iraqi civilians by Blackwater employees stir international outcry," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of grenade was in 1591

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24 Feb 2021

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“Grenade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grenade

: a small bomb that is designed to be thrown by someone or shot from a rifle


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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