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rifle grenade

noun, Military.
a grenade designed to be fired from a grenade launcher attached to the muzzle of a rifle or carbine.
Origin of rifle grenade
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Just then the Germans opened out with everything from a 59 to rifle grenade.

  • Perdit: German mining, demolition, and rifle grenade explosive.

  • In this sector life in the trenches was made more uncertain than ever by the introduction of the rifle grenade by the Germans.

  • Just as the Mills hand grenade has become the standard, so has the Mills rifle grenade attained that pre-eminence.

    Military Instructors Manual

    James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • The first wave is composed of bombers and rifle grenade men, and attacks the enemy's first line of trenches.

    Military Instructors Manual

    James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • The British, in reply, put up a sign, "If you don't stop we will fire our only rifle grenade at you!"

    My Second Year of the War Frederick Palmer
  • As we were tying him up—he had been wounded in eight places by a rifle grenade—he signed to me and I stooped over him.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • As a fifth class there was a combination hand and rifle grenade, a British device adopted in our program.

  • The rifle grenade fits in a holder at the muzzle of an ordinary service rifle.

  • The rifle grenade is used both as a defensive and offensive weapon, since the firer is well out of range of the exploding missile.

British Dictionary definitions for rifle grenade

rifle grenade

a grenade fired from a rifle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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