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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Jack takes Kevin to buy a model plane to build in a flashback, and uncharacteristically yells at him when Kevin starts playing with toy guns and grenades. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Recap: Jack and an Adult Kate Appeared Together for the First Time and It Was Emotional," 10 Oct. 2018 Active Shooter,’ which allows players to simulate carrying out a mass-casualty attack with a gun, grenade or knife. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump lost a battle on family separations, but his immigration war continues," 21 June 2018 Local reports say the shooter, dressed in all black, tossed smoke grenades and fired off dozens of rounds using a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun; the weapon was purchased legally and included an extended magazine. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "A suspect killed 12 people at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.," 8 Nov. 2018 Investigators seized opioids, cocaine and other drugs, more than 100 guns and assault rifles, a grenade launcher and five cars in a broad federal inquiry in which prosecutors opened more than 90 cases. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Drug Dealers Targeted in Sweep of Illicit Online Marketplaces," 26 June 2018 Riot police launched smoke grenades into the crowd to disperse the fans. Melissa Locker, Time, "France Goes Wild In the Streets After Their World Cup Win," 11 July 2018 Federal prosecutors said Monday that 20-year-old, identified only as Abduqaadir A., joined the group in 2012 in Mogadishu, and was trained to use pistols and hand grenades. Fox News, "German authorities charge suspected al-Shabab member," 14 May 2018 Guardsmen moved in and fired tear gas grenades at the mob, which broke and ran., "May 5, 1970: Four dead in Ohio," 5 May 2018 His hand looks like a baseball mitt that was used to catch a grenade. Chris Korman, For The Win, "Jason Pierre-Paul shares horrific raw photos to remind you to be careful with fireworks," 4 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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The first known use of grenade was in 1591

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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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