grenade definition by Webster's New World
- a small bomb detonated by a fuze and thrown by hand or fired from a rifle
- a glass container to be thrown so that it will break and disperse the chemicals inside: used for putting out fires, spreading tear gas, etc.
Origin: French ; from Old French pomegranate ; from Classical Latin (malum) granatum, (apple) with seeds, pomegranate ; from granatus, seedy ; from granum, seed, grain
grenade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small bomb or explosive missile that is detonated by a fuse and thrown by hand or shot from a rifle or launcher.
- A glass container filled with a chemical such as tear gas that is dispersed when the container is thrown and broken.
Origin: French, from Old French (pome) grenate, pomegranate (from its shape); see pomegranate.