Shrapnel is defined as a fragments from an exploded shell or bomb.(noun)
A piece of metal that flies off an explosive device and injures a soldier is an example ofshrapnel.
See shrapnel in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: after H. Shrapnel (1761-1842), Brit general who invented it
See shrapnel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. shrapnel
Origin: After Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842), British army officer.
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