[min-ee, min-ee-ey; French mee-nyey]
- a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century.
Origin of Minié ball
1855–60; named after C. E. Minié (1814–79), French officer who invented it
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Examples from the Web for minie ball
He had been killed by a minie-ball squarely through his forehead.
He was hit by a minie-ball in the left shoulder, just below the collar-bone.
Now, for the first time, I heard the keen whistle of the Minie-ball.The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson
Edward A. Moore
It was only some of the bark of the tree, which had been dusted into my face by a minie-ball.The Boy Spy
There my tent-mate was wounded by a minie-ball; I was standing by his side when he was hit.The Empty Sleeve
Henry H. Meacham
- a conical rifle bullet, used in the 19th century, manufactured with a hollow base designed to expand when fired to fit the rifling
C19: named after Capt C. E. Minié (1814–1879), French army officer who invented it
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Word Origin and History for minie ball
kind of rifle bullet, 1853, named for its inventor, French army officer Claude-Étienne Minié (1814-1879), who designed it 1847-8.
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