shaped charge

noun

Definition of shaped charge

: an explosive charge the energy of which is focused in one direction so that it usually achieves an armor-penetrating effect

Examples of shaped charge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russian tanks fire shaped charge and armor piercing shells to kill enemy tanks, but at very long ranges enemy vehicles become more difficult to hit with unguided rounds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Claims New Missile Can Clobber U.S. Tanks, But Can It Really?," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of shaped charge

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Shaped charge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shaped%20charge. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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