- Military. a small, dartlike metal projectile used as shrapnel in antipersonnel bombs and shells.
- a bullet with a thin, hard metal spine, designed to tumble on impact and thus cause an incapacitating wound.
Origin of fléchette
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- a steel dart or missile dropped from an aircraft, as in World War I
from French; see flèche