- a small, rounded or spherical body, as of food or medicine.
- a small wad or ball of wax, paper, etc., for throwing, shooting, or the like.
- one of a charge of small shot, as for a shotgun.
- a bullet.
- a ball, usually of stone, formerly used as a missile.
- Also called cast. Ornithology. a small, roundish mass of matter regurgitated by certain predatory birds, consisting of the indigestible remains, as the fur, feathers, and bones, of the prey.
- (in Romanesque architecture) a hemispherical or disklike carved ornament.
- Heraldry. ogress2.
- to form into pellets; pelletize.
- to hit with pellets.
Origin of pellet
Examples from the Web for pellet
Contemporary Examples of pellet
Sleet is rain mixed with snow; there are pellet like snowflakes that fall between warming and cooling fronts.How to Survive a Southern Ice Storm
February 13, 2014
Heber, who was struck by a pellet round to his head, was not seriously injured.California School Shooter Had a ‘Hit List’
January 12, 2013
With the pellet gun pointed at him the manager opened the safe.
He found a manager who was buying a package of Goldfish crackers and pulled the pellet gun on him.
Historical Examples of pellet
He held the pellet above the mouth of the bottle, but his eyes were on his pupils.City of Endless Night
The maiden took the pellet into her mouth again and said: “Now all is well!”The Chinese Fairy Book
The pellet began to glow fiercely, throwing off an intense heat.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
Gregory nodded bleakly, sobering at once, and swallowed the pellet.Homesick
That is, the motion looked like a toss, but the pellet traveled like a bullet.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
- a small round ball, esp of compressed mattera wax pellet
- an imitation bullet used in toy guns
- a piece of small shot
- a stone ball formerly used as a catapult or cannon missile
- Also called: cast, casting ornithol a mass of undigested food, including bones, fur, feathers, etc, that is regurgitated by certain birds, esp birds of prey
- a small pill
- a raised area on coins and carved or moulded ornaments
- to strike with pellets
- to make or form into pellets
Word Origin for pellet
Word Origin and History for pellet
mid-14c., from Old French pelote "small ball" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila "ball, playing ball, the game of ball," perhaps originally "ball of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)).
"to form into pellets," 1590s, from pellet (n.).
- A small pill; a pilule.
- A small rod-shaped or ovoid mass, as of compressed steroid hormones, intended for subcutaneous implantation in body tissues to provide timed release over an extended period of time.