gre·​nade | \ grə-ˈnād \

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)

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Demonstrators each week have approach the border fence, throwing firebombs, grenades and burning tires at Israeli troops. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israeli Cabinet minister: Gaza leader’s days are numbered," 21 Nov. 2018 The new Trophy APS system, now being installed on the U.S. Army’s Abrams tanks in Europe, uses radar to detect incoming rocket propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles, launching an interceptor at the last moment to destroy it in midair. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Vehicle Demonstrates New 'Double Tap' Anti-Tank Technique," 23 Aug. 2018 In less than a month — less than a month — a first-grader can become a first grenade-er. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Sacha Baron Cohen Got Pro-Gun Activists and Lawmakers to Support a Fake Program That Would Arm Children," 16 July 2018 In April 2001, when reporting on the Sri Lankan civil war, Marie lost her left eye after a grenade landed near her and shrapnel pierced her retina. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Hollywood Chameleon Rosamund Pike Tackles the Life Story of War Correspondent Marie Colvin," 15 Nov. 2018 The Stryker was originally conceived as a lightweight infantry carrier, armed only with a .50-caliber machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Stryker Fighting Vehicles Unload at the Range to Test Their New Cannon," 8 Nov. 2018 Protesters violently pushed back, and officials have responded with tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons. Alex Ward, Vox, "France’s deadly and growing protests, in 17 pictures," 3 Dec. 2018 The airstrikes came after an Israeli soldier was wounded by a grenade during border protests on Friday and Gaza militants launched more than 200 rockets and mortars into Israel overnight Friday and through Saturday. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Truce Called After Israel Strikes Gaza Over Rockets, Arson," 15 July 2018 One of his purple hearts was earned when he was wounded by a grenade; the other was earned when he was shot through the side and the bullet came out through his tailbone. Houston Chronicle, "Daughter asks for birthday wishes for veteran dad," 5 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of grenade

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

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