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)

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According to a criminal complaint, Hasher Jallal Taheb planned to form an assault group armed with guns, homemade bombs, an antitank weapon and hand grenades. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Bloody Month of Jihad," 17 Jan. 2019 Officials with the Transportation Security Administration have determined that two suspicious items found in a female passenger’s checked bag were actually novelty bottle openers shaped like hand grenades. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "TSA finds grenade-shaped novelties in checked luggage at Newark airport," 22 Aug. 2018 Drones, whether suicide drones packing an explosive charge or designed drop hand grenades on enemy troops are quickly becoming a norm on the battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Rushing to Field Drone-Killing Stryker Armored Vehicles," 7 May 2018 There was room for improvement in the space: Turns out, bras are like hand grenades to some common models. Matt Simon, WIRED, "A Robotics Startup Perishes, and It’s Got Tales to Tell," 1 May 2018 Suspicious, Northview Road: On April 18 a woman cleaning and preparing a home for an estate sale, found what looked like a hand grenade in the basement. Julie A. Short/special To,, "Woman finds World War I era grenade in basement: Rocky River Police Blotter," 27 Apr. 2018 For extra New Orleans flavor, the spot also offers a special menu of po’ boys, $4 Abita drafts and $5 hand grenades. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "13 Chicago spots to celebrate Mardi Gras," 7 Feb. 2018 The grenade’s electronics also allow for the binary filler storage system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019 Initially, explosives were strapped to the drone, thus creating flying IEDs for one-time-use, but later the group learned how to reuse drones by dropping grenades or other ordnances. Ulrike Franke, The Verge, "The Caracas drone attack won’t be the last of its kind," 17 Aug. 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


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Kids Definition of grenade

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

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