tracer bullet

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noun

a bullet containing a tracer.

Origin of tracer bullet

First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for tracer bullet

  • The machine guns rasped again—there was a burst of tracer-bullet fire.

    Space Platform|Murray Leinster
  • Cochrane saw a flash of fire and the short streak of a tracer-bullet's patch before it hit something.

    Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for tracer bullet

tracer bullet


noun

a round of small arms ammunition containing a tracer
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