shrapnel

noun shrap·nel \ ˈshrap-nᵊl , especially Southern ˈsrap- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of shrapnel

plural shrapnel
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 : 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.

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Origin and Etymology of shrapnel

Henry Shrapnel †1842 English artillery officer


SHRAPNEL Defined for English Language Learners

shrapnel

noun

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

noun shrap·nel \ ˈshrap-nᵊl \

Definition of shrapnel for Students

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


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