- 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 pilus hair (since the balls used in ancient Roman games were stuffed with hair)
- 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