- a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century.
Origin of Minié ball
Examples from the Web for minie ball
Historical Examples of minie ball
He had been killed by a minie-ball squarely through his forehead.
He was hit by a minie-ball in the left shoulder, just below the collar-bone.
Now, for the first time, I heard the keen whistle of the Minie-ball.The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson
Edward A. Moore
It was only some of the bark of the tree, which had been dusted into my face by a minie-ball.The Boy Spy
There my tent-mate was wounded by a minie-ball; I was standing by his side when he was hit.The Empty Sleeve
Henry H. Meacham
- 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
kind of rifle bullet, 1853, named for its inventor, French army officer Claude-Étienne Minié (1814-1879), who designed it 1847-8.