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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flak′ jack`et(n.)

  1. a protective vest. Also called flak′ vest`.

    Category: Clothing

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  1. flak jacket(Noun)

    A special piece of clothing worn by soldiers to protect them from shrapnel and grenade fragments, other non-direct fire and battlefield debris. Sometimes used informally to connotate any of the various forms of a bullet-proof vest.

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  1. Flak jacket

    A flak jacket or flak vest is a form of body armor designed to provide protection from case fragments from high explosive weaponry, such as anti-aircraft artillery, grenades, some round shot used in shotguns and land mines and other lower-velocity projectiles. It is not designed to protect against bullets fired from small-arms such as rifles or handguns. However, certain flak jackets are able to sustain certain gunshots, dependent on the armor, the gun, and the distance that the bullet has travelled. The term "flak jacket" is often colloquially applied to newer body armor featuring protection against small arms projectiles, but the original usage predated the existence of functional bulletproof vests and the two are not interchangeable in performance.

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