(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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of armor-piercing

  • Just where would an armor-piercing steel bullet do the most harm?

  • Equally interesting was the construction of the armor-piercing bullet.

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

  • 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