- 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 of grenadeFrench from OFr, pomegranate (said to be so named from its shape) from Classical Latin (malum) granatum, (apple) with seeds, pomegranate from granatus, seedy from granum, seed, grain
- 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 of grenadeFrench from Old French (pome) grenate pomegranate (from its shape) ; see pomegranate .