hand grenade



a grenade or explosive shell that is thrown by hand and exploded either by impact or by means of a fuze.
a grenade or glass missile containing a chemical, for extinguishing fire.

Nearby words

  1. hand bell,
  2. hand brake,
  3. hand down,
  4. hand drill,
  5. hand glass,
  6. hand horn,
  7. hand in,
  8. hand in glove,
  9. hand in hand,
  10. hand in the till, with one's

Origin of hand grenade

First recorded in 1655–65

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British Dictionary definitions for hand-grenade

hand grenade


a small metal or plastic canister containing explosives, usually activated by a short fuse and used in close combat
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Word Origin and History for hand-grenade



1660s, from hand (n.) + grenade, which at that time referred to any explosive missile.

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