Definition of pellet
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)
pelletalplay \ˈpe-lə-təl\ adjective
Examples of pellet in a Sentence
the tightly packed pellets of a shotgun cartridge
Recent Examples of pellet from the Web
While the youths were camping near the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve, at least 15 Laysan albatrosses were bludgeoned to death with a bat and machete and shot at with a pellet gun, according to prosecutors.
Every contradictory pellet of advice has been engineered to keep you searching for more.
Last year India cracked down on protesters in Kashmir, shooting pellet guns at them and shutting off cellphone service.
Tamir Rice, a boy of 12 in Cleveland, Ohio, shouldn't have been so immature as to play in a public with a pellet gun that looked like a more lethal weapon.
The university was locked down for three hours, until police determined the report was sparked by a pellet gun.
Some of the pellets are exported to Brazil, where they are reshaped into the plastic pouches...
The 12-year-old had an airsoft gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets when a white officer shot him in 2014.
Aria, Alvin, Simon and Theodore all graze on the grass in their enclosures, and their diet is supplemented with hay and fortified grain pellets fed to the gazelles at night.
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Origin and Etymology of pellet
Middle English pelote, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pilota, diminutive of Latin pila ball
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of pellet
PELLET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pellet for English Language Learners
: a small, hard ball of food, medicine, etc.
: a small metal object that is shot from a gun
PELLET Defined for Kids
Definition of pellet for Students
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)
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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