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[gri-neyd] /grɪˈneɪd/
a small shell containing an explosive and thrown by hand or fired from a rifle or launching device.
a similar missile containing a chemical, as for dispersing tear gas or fire-extinguishing substances.
verb (used with object), grenaded, grenading.
to attack with a grenade or grenades.
Origin of grenade
1525-35; < French < Spanish granada pomegranate, special use of granado having grains < Latin grānātus. See grain, -ate1 Unabridged
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  • I am to meet Monsieur de Marsac at grenade on the day after to-morrow.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • At grenade, too I learnt the truth—that you were not Lesperon.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • But if you were to have your head blown off by a grenade, you would be quite dead.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Again I seized the wire with my left hand and hurled the grenade.

  • Just as the grenade was passing through the hole it exploded.

British Dictionary definitions for grenade


a small container filled with explosive thrown by hand or fired from a rifle
a sealed glass vessel that is thrown and shatters to release chemicals, such as tear gas or a fire extinguishing agent
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Spanish granada pomegranate, from Late Latin grānāta, from Latin grānātus seedy; see grain
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Word Origin and History for grenade

"small explosive shell," 1590s, earlier "pomegranate" (1520s), from Middle French grenade "pomegranate" (16c.), earlier grenate (12c.), from Old French pomegrenate (influenced by Spanish granada); so called because the many-seeded fruit suggested the powder-filled, fragmenting bomb, or from similarities of shape. See pomegranate.

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