grenade

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noun 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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Origin and Etymology of grenade

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



GRENADE Defined for English Language Learners

grenade

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Definition of grenade for English Language Learners

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


GRENADE Defined for Kids

grenade

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noun gre·nade \ grə-ˈnād \

Definition of grenade for Students

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


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