Pellet definition

pĕlĭt
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A little ball or rounded mass, as of clay, paper, medicine, compressed food for animals, etc.
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To make or form into pellets.
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A bullet or piece of small shot.
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A stone ball, used as a catapult missile or a primitive cannonball.
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A crude projectile of stone, etc., as used in a catapult or early cannon.
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A bullet or an imitation bullet.
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Any of various pieces of small, usually lead, shot.
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A small, compressed, hard chunk of matter.

A pellet of wood, paper, or ore.

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A lead projectile used as ammunition in rifled air guns.
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Compressed byproduct of digestion regurgitated by owls. Serves as a waste disposal mechanism for indigestible parts of food, such as fur and bones.
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To form into pellets.
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To strike with pellets.
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To strike with pellets.
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A small, solid or densely packed ball or mass, as of food, wax, or medicine.
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To make pellets of.
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To shoot or hit with pellets.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pellet
Plural:
pellets

Origin of pellet

  • Middle English pelet from Old French pelote from Vulgar Latin pilotta diminutive of Latin pila ball

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition