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

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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 No new pellet shootings have been reported since he was arrested last week, a CHP spokesman said. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 Traeger basically took everything that was great about pellet smokers and upgraded it with better engineering across the board. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Poisonous baits sold in pellet form, or in newer putty formulations, turn the natural tendency of mice to gnaw and nibble against them. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2021 The market is saturated with companies touting the best grills, from gas to pellet, charcoal to kamados, and each provides the user with a unique experience and delicious results. Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2021 BBQ Guys has a huge selection of electric, pellet, and gas grills on sale too. Kelley Macdonald, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 Moira’s Biotic Orb and Orisa’s Halt! have shorter cooldowns, Roadhog’s Scrap Gun deals more damage per pellet and Reinhardt’s overall health pool has been nerfed via an armor reduction. Kris Holt, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Through Zoom the kids were able to interact with the Science Center associate, who guided the students through the owl pellet project. John Benson, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2021 It’s still hugely problematic, and Kananga gets the most ignoble death of any primary Bond villain, literally blowing up like a balloon and bursting after Bond jams a compression pellet down his throat. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2021 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

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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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The first known use of pellet was in the 14th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Pellet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pellet

: a small, hard ball of food, medicine, etc.
: a small metal object that is shot from a gun


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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