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[ahr-mer-peer-sing] /ˈɑr mərˌpɪər sɪŋ/
(of bullets, artillery shells, etc.) designed especially for piercing armor.
Origin of armor-piercing
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Just where would an armor-piercing steel bullet do the most harm?

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • Equally interesting was the construction of the armor-piercing bullet.

  • They were proof against the ordinary bullet but not against the armor-piercing.

    War in the Garden of Eden

    Kermit Roosevelt
  • Tell how to distinguish from the painting of projectiles used, its kind, armor-piercing quality, and nature of bursting charge.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • It is an armor-piercing shell for a 12-inch gun; it is made of forged steel, and is filled with explosive "D."

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • Then an artillery officer said, dreamily, "The armor-piercing shells the railroad guns use have lead caps."

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • Thus, the proportions of the shrapnel gun will be intermediate between those of the armor-piercing gun and the shell gun.

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