star shell


: a shell that on bursting releases a shower of brilliant stars and is used for signaling
: a shell with an illuminating projectile

Examples of star shell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only light was provided by bursting star shells. Mary Horlock, Longreads, 21 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of star shell was circa 1876

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“Star shell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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