antipersonnel

[ an-tee-pur-suh-nel, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˌpɜr səˈnɛl, ˌæn taɪ- /
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adjective Military.

used against enemy personnel rather than against mechanized vehicles, matériel, etc.: antipersonnel bombs.

Nearby words

  1. antiperiodic,
  2. antiperistalsis,
  3. antiperistaltic,
  4. antiperistaltic anastomosis,
  5. antipernicious anemia factor,
  6. antiperspirant,
  7. antiphlogistic,
  8. antiphon,
  9. antiphonal,
  10. antiphonary

Origin of antipersonnel

First recorded in 1935–40; anti- + personnel

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Examples from the Web for antipersonnel

  • Hilda was in the slam in Madison, and who the hell knew what the antipersonnel stuff the Madison cops used had done to her.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow
  • It was their antipersonnel sound-cannon, which meant that Lester was around here somewhere.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for antipersonnel

antipersonnel

/ (ˌæntɪˌpɜːsəˈnɛl) /

adjective

(of weapons, etc) designed to cause casualties to personnel rather than to destroy equipment or defencesAbbreviation: AP
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