- a little ball or rounded mass, as of clay, paper, medicine, compressed food for animals, etc.
- a crude projectile of stone, etc., as used in a catapult or early cannon
- a bullet or an imitation bullet
- any of various pieces of small, usually lead, shot
Origin of pelletMiddle English pelote ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pilotta, diminutive of Classical Latin pila, a ball, origin, originally , knot of hair: see pile
- to make pellets of
- to shoot or hit with pellets
- A small, solid or densely packed ball or mass, as of food, wax, or medicine.
- a. A bullet or piece of small shot.b. A stone ball, used as a catapult missile or a primitive cannonball.
transitive verbpel·let·ed, pel·let·ing, pel·lets
- To make or form into pellets.
- To strike with pellets.
Origin of pelletMiddle English pelet, from Old French pelote, from Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila, ball.
- A small, compressed, hard chunk of matter.
- a pellet of wood, paper, or ore
- A lead projectile used as ammunition in rifled air guns.
- Compressed byproduct of digestion regurgitated by owls. Serves as a waste disposal mechanism for indigestible parts of food, such as fur and bones.
(third-person singular simple present pellets, present participle pelleting, simple past and past participle pelleted)
- To form into pellets
- To strike with pellets