Shrapnel meaning

shrăpnəl
Shrapnel is defined as a fragments from an exploded shell or bomb.

A piece of metal that flies off an explosive device and injures a soldier is an example of shrapnel.

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The balls scattered by such an explosion.
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Fragments from an exploded artillery shell, mine, or bomb.
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An artillery shell filled with an explosive charge and many small metal balls, designed to explode in the air over the objective.
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Any fragments scattered by an exploding shell, bomb, etc.
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A collective term for shot, fragments, or debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine.
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(slang) Loose change.
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Debris caused by action of persons or animals.

The dog did not eat my sandwich. It was in a bag. If he had eaten my sandwich, there'd be shrapnel all over the place from him tearing open the bag.

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Origin of shrapnel

  • After Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), British army officer

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

  • From Henry Shrapnel, British army officer who invented an anti-personnel shell that transported a large number of bullets to the target before releasing them, at a far greater distance than rifles could fire the bullets individually. The surname is likely a metathesised form of Charbonnel, a diminutive of Old French "charbon" (charcoal) in reference to hair colour, complexion, or the like.

    From Wiktionary