Definitions for shrapnelˈʃræp nl
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fragments scattered by a bursting artillery shell, mine, or bomb.
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
shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight
A collective term for shot, fragments, or debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine.
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.
applied as an appellation to a kind of shell invented by Gen. H. Shrapnel of the British army
a shrapnel shell; shrapnel shells, collectively
Shrapnel shells were anti-personnel artillery munitions which carried a large number of individual bullets close to the target and then ejected them to allow them to continue along the shell's trajectory and strike the target individually. They relied almost entirely on the shell's velocity for their lethality. The munition has been obsolete since the end of World War I for anti-personnel use, when it was superseded by high-explosive shells for that role. The functioning and principles behind Shrapnel shells are fundamentally different from high-explosive shell fragmentation. Shrapnel is named after Major-General Henry Shrapnel, an English artillery officer, whose experiments, initially conducted in his own time and at his own expense, culminated in the design and development of a new type of artillery shell.
Translations for shrapnel
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
small pieces of metal from an explosive shell, bomb etc
His leg was torn open by shrapnel.
- قَذيفَة شَظاياArabic
- estilhaçoPortuguese (BR)
- šrapnel, střepina bombyCzech
- das SchrapnellGerman
- θραύσμα βλήματοςGreek
- گلوله نارنجكيFarsi
- éclats d'obusFrench
- बम में से छिटकी गोलियां, किरचीHindi
- pecahan peluru, geranat, bom dsb.Indonesian
- serpihan peluru atau bomMalay
- گلوله نارنجكيPersian
- شرپنل، بمې ګولۍPashto
- šrapnel; črepina bombySlovak
- 砲彈碎片Chinese (Trad.)
- بم وغیرہ کے ٹکڑےUrdu
- mảnh đạnVietnamese
- 炮弹碎片，榴霰弹Chinese (Simp.)
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