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 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, "‘Overwatch’ Takes Some Cues From Its April Fool’s Prank In The Latest Experimental Patch," 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, "Lakewood’s Emerson Elementary School first graders have a hoot with virtual science experience," 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, "Yaphet Kotto: From Broadway to ‘Homicide’ Boss," 16 Mar. 2021 This ingenious wood pellet oven heats to 950 degrees Fahrenheit in 15 minutes and cooks a pizza in 60 seconds — 90 seconds for a frozen pizza. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "A virtual bike travel film festival, a Grand Canyon train adventure, and a pizza oven you can take on the road," 10 Mar. 2021 Pulling the trigger opens the cylinder, which dumps its contents into the chamber and pushes the pellet out the barrel. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "How to Buy the Best Air Gun for Your Needs," 2 Mar. 2021 Demopolis will be home to a $95 million wood pellet production plant opening this year. William Thornton |, al, "Demopolis drive-thru job fair set for Feb. 25," 18 Feb. 2021 Abbott started his cocktail using a large wooden mallet to beat pellet ice into a snow-cone-like crush. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Shrubs, syrups ... and French bread? Take a look at 6 unique spins on mint juleps," 8 Apr. 2021 Any weapons, including air rifles, air pistols, paintball guns, switchblades, knives having a blade 2 1/2 inches in length or longer, slingshots, BB guns, pellet guns, mace and any other items that could be used to cause harm. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Going to the 2021 NFL Draft? Here’s some restrictions and dos and don’ts for the event," 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb NC State Veterinary Hospital recommends pelleted feed formulated specifically for chinchillas. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "What to Know About Having a Chinchilla Pet," 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,, "The 6 best new grilling gadgets to buy now," 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,, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 Snow pellets form when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Light snow showers and snow pellets possible today in southeastern Wisconsin," 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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5 May 2021

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“Pellet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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