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shrapnel

[ shrap-nl ]
/ ˈʃræp nl /
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noun
Military.
  1. a hollow projectile containing bullets or the like and a bursting charge, designed to explode before reaching the target, and to set free a shower of missiles.
  2. such projectiles collectively.
shell fragments.
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Origin of shrapnel

1800–10; named after Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), English army officer, its inventor

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British Dictionary definitions for shrapnel

shrapnel
/ (ˈʃræpnəl) /

noun
  1. a projectile containing a number of small pellets or bullets exploded before impact
  2. such projectiles collectively
fragments from this or any other type of shell

Word Origin for shrapnel

C19: named after H. Shrapnel (1761–1842), English army officer, who invented it
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