shrapnel

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noun shrap·nel \ˈshrap-nəl, especially Southern ˈsrap-\

Definition of shrapnel

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shrapnel

  1. 1 :  a projectile that consists of a case provided with a powder charge and a large number of usually lead balls and that is exploded in flight

  2. 2 :  bomb, mine, or shell fragments

Examples of shrapnel in a sentence

  1. He has a piece of shrapnel in his leg.

  2. Shrapnel from the explosion wounded many people.

Origin and Etymology of shrapnel

Henry Shrapnel †1842 English artillery officer


First Known Use: 1806


SHRAPNEL Defined for English Language Learners

shrapnel

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noun shrap·nel \ˈshrap-nəl, especially Southern ˈsrap-\

Definition of shrapnel for English Language Learners

  • : small metal pieces that scatter outwards from an exploding bomb, shell, or mine


SHRAPNEL Defined for Kids

shrapnel

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noun shrap·nel \ˈshrap-nəl\

Definition of shrapnel for Students

  1. :  small metal pieces that scatter outwards from an exploding bomb, shell, or mine



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