Definitions for shrapnelˈʃræp nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shrap•nelˈʃræp nl(n.)

  1. fragments scattered by a bursting artillery shell, mine, or bomb.

    Category: Military

  2. a hollow projectile of the 19th century containing bullets and a bursting charge, designed to explode in the air and shower the target with missiles.

Origin of shrapnel:

1800–10; after Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), English army officer, its inventor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrapnel(noun)

    shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight


  1. shrapnel(Noun)

    A collective term for shot, fragments, or debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine.

  2. shrapnel(Noun)

    Loose change.

  3. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrapnel(adj)

    applied as an appellation to a kind of shell invented by Gen. H. Shrapnel of the British army

  2. Shrapnel(noun)

    a shrapnel shell; shrapnel shells, collectively

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


small pieces of metal from an explosive shell, bomb etc

His leg was torn open by shrapnel.

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