pel·​let | \ ˈpe-lət How to pronounce pellet (audio) \

Definition of pellet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually small rounded, spherical, or cylindrical body (as of food or medicine)
b : a wad of indigestible material (as of bones and fur) regurgitated by a bird of prey
2 : any of various projectiles fired from a weapon (such as an air rifle)


pelleted; pelleting; pellets

Definition of pellet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pelletize
2 : to strike with pellets

Other Words from pellet


pelletal \ ˈpe-​lə-​tᵊl How to pronounce pellet (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for pellet

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pellet in a Sentence

Noun the tightly packed pellets of a shotgun cartridge
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In order to accumulate data on whether mice might, in fact, be people, the Washington scientists set up a tiny restaurant in the lab, with daily specials of seasonal pellet dishes. Cora Frazier, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Some videos on the social media platform depict people shooting gel Orbeez balls at citizens with bead blasters or water pellet guns. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 22 July 2022 The GE Profile Opal can make up to one pound of pellet ice per hour, enough to carry you from morning cold brew to mint julep happy hour. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 13 July 2022 An autopsy the next day showed that a .22-caliber pellet had penetrated his lung. Frank Stanfield, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 Each cosmic red tendril and teal plume has a matching pyro pellet within the firework shell. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2022 The impact of the pellet felt like a bee sting and left a daylong mark, said Rice, who cut short her walk out of fear. cleveland, 21 July 2022 In one, the pellet was very close to the mouth, and four fish scales were scattered nearby. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 Authorities said the weapons were pellet guns, which can resemble real firearms but are nonlethal. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb NC State Veterinary Hospital recommends pelleted feed formulated specifically for chinchillas. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, 23 Oct. 2019 Fill them with the tiny wood smoker pellets that look like rabbit feed to add a lengthy, thick smoke boost whenever it is needed. Chuck Blount,, 5 Aug. 2019 Spread a light layer of compost or pelleted seed establishment mulch over the new seed to help keep it moist. Tim Johnson,, 10 July 2018 Snow pellets form when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of pellet


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pellet


Middle English pelote, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pilota, diminutive of Latin pila ball

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9 Aug 2022

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pel·​let | \ ˈpe-lət How to pronounce pellet (audio) \

Kids Definition of pellet

1 : a little ball (as of food or medicine)
2 : a piece of small shot
3 : a wad of material (as bones and fur) that cannot be digested and has been thrown up by a bird of prey (as an owl)


pel·​let | \ ˈpel-ət How to pronounce pellet (audio) \

Medical Definition of pellet

: a usually small rounded or spherical body specifically : a small cylindrical or ovoid compressed mass (as of a hormone) that is implanted subcutaneously for slow absorption into bodily tissues

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