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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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 The Wonder Woman world was turned upside down on Wednesday morning (June 13) when director Patty Jenkins tossed a grenade into the blockbuster's timeline with one simple tweet. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Patty Jenkins Posts First 'Wonder Woman' Sequel Set Pic, Revealing Chris Pine's Return," 13 June 2018 For many Zimbabweans, the grenade attack on Mnangagwa’s campaign rally in Bulawayo last month highlights the country’s political tensions. Washington Post, "After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe’s vote be?," 4 July 2018 For many Zimbabweans, the grenade attack on Mnangagwa's campaign rally in Bulawayo on June 23 highlights the country's political tensions. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe's vote be?," 4 July 2018 In a sign of the new effort at dialogue between the rivals, at least one Eritrean diplomat, its ambassador to Japan, publicly condemned Saturday’s grenade attack on a huge rally in Addis Ababa shortly after Abiy addressed the crowd. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia welcomes 1st delegation from rival Eritrea in years," 26 June 2018 Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, was the target of a grenade attack at a unity rally in Addis Ababa that killed at least one person and injured about 150. Hadra Ahmed,, "Explosions hit rallies for leaders of Ethiopia, Zimbabwe," 23 June 2018 Some whose heart is filled with hate attempted a grenade attack. Hadra Ahmed, New York Times, "Deadly Grenade Attack at Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Rally," 23 June 2018 At some point, the guards opened fire with machine guns and grenade launchers. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Former Blackwater guard goes on trial for second time for role in mass shooting in Iraq," 18 June 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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