[ min-ee, min-ee-ey; French mee-nyey ]
/ ˈmɪn i, ˈmɪn iˌeɪ; French miˈnyeɪ /
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a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century.
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Origin of Minié ball
1855–60; named after C. E. Minié (1814–79), French officer who invented it
Words nearby Minié ball
Minicoy Island, minicycle, minidisc, minidish, minidress, Minié ball, minify, Minigun, minikin, minilab, minilaparotomy
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How to use Minié ball in a sentence
Guelzo deftly sketches the leading personalities on both sides, yet also has time to describe the sound made by a Minie ball.David's Book Club: Fateful Lightning|David Frum|January 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Presently a minie-ball came through the stove, and just grazed my head, and cut my hat.Life On The Mississippi, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
During the day a minie ball struck the book and passing partly through, stopped at the 7th verse of the 52d chapter of Isiah.Under the Stars and Bars|Walter A. Clark
Endeavouring to draw himself a little higher, a minie ball went through his shoulder.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
By the way, a minie ball knocks a hole in these fellows' celebrated jackets without the slightest difficulty.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty|J. W. de Forest
He paused, picked up a pebble and threw it at a comrade's foot and laughed to see him jump as from a Minie ball.The Southerner|Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for Minié ball
/ (ˈmɪnɪˌeɪ, French miɲe) /
a conical rifle bullet, used in the 19th century, manufactured with a hollow base designed to expand when fired to fit the rifling
Word Origin for Minié ball
C19: named after Capt C. E. Minié (1814–1879), French army officer who invented it
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