Definitions for shrapnelˈʃræp nl
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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 The munition has been obsolete since the end of World War I for anti-personnel use, when it was superseded by high-explosive shells for that role.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, a British 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.
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- Granatsplitter, SchrapnellGerman
- granada de metralla, shrapnelSpanish
- sirpaleet, srapnelliFinnish
- schegge, bomba antiuomo, proiettili, scheggia di bombaItalian
- matā koraraMāori
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