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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grenadenoun

    a small explosive bomb thrown by hand or fired from a missile


  1. grenadenoun

    A pomegranate.

    Etymology: From French grenade, from grenate in the phrase pome grenate, ultimately from Latin pomum granatum. The -d developed in French under influence of Spanish granada.

  2. grenadenoun

    A small explosive device, designed to be thrown by hand or launched from a grenade launcher.

    Etymology: From French grenade, from grenate in the phrase pome grenate, ultimately from Latin pomum granatum. The -d developed in French under influence of Spanish granada.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grenadenoun

    a hollow ball or shell of iron filled with powder of other explosive, ignited by means of a fuse, and thrown from the hand among enemies

    Etymology: [F. grenade a pomegranate, a grenade, or Sp. granada; orig., filled with seeds. So called from the resemblance of its shape to a pomegranate. See Carnet, Grain a kernel, and cf. Pomegranate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grenade

    gre-nād′, n. a small shell of iron or annealed glass, filled with powder and bits of iron, and thrown from the hand, or with a shovel over a parapet. [Fr.,—Sp. granada—L. granatus, full of seeds—granum, a grain, seed.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. grenade

    Now restricted to hand-grenade, weighing about 2 lbs., and the fuze being previously lit, is conveniently thrown by hand from the tops of ships on to an enemy's deck, from the parapet into the ditch, or generally against an enemy otherwise difficult to reach. A number of grenades, moreover, being quilted together with their fuzes outwards, called a "bouquet," is fired short distances with good effect from mortars in the latter stages of a siege.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. grenade

    In gunnery, is a shell thrown from the hand, or in barrels from mortars of large caliber, and ignited as other shells by means of a fuze. There are hand-grenades and rampart-grenades; old 6-pounder spherical-case may be used for the former, and shells of any caliber for the latter. Grenades are useful in the defense of works, the smaller, thrown by hand into the head of a sap, trenches, covered way, or upon the besiegers mounting a breach; the larger kinds are rolled over the parapet in a trough. Hand-grenades are intended to be used against the enemy when he has reached such parts of the defenses (the bottom of the ditch for example) as are not covered by the guns, or the muskets of the infantry posted on the banquettes. After the enemy has passed the abatis and jumped into the ditch, hand-grenades will be used; and then if he mounts the parapet, he must be met there with the bayonet. Ketchum’s hand-grenade is a small oblong percussion shell which explodes on striking the object.

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  2. En garde

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grenade in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grenade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of grenade in a Sentence

  1. Unknown, Army Magazine of Preventive Maintenance:

    A slipping gear in your M203 grenade launcher can cause it to fire when you least expect it. This could make you very unpopular with what is left of your unit.

  2. Omar Khadr:

    Nobody claims to have seen me throw the grenade and [ a ] solider has testified that I was under the debris and it could n’t have been me, so I always hold to the hope that maybe my memories were not true.

  3. Le Pen:

    They have allowed massive immigration to install itself in France. They have unpinned the Islamic fundamentalist grenade, we are right on everything.

  4. Mark Galeotti:

    Usually it is relatively easy to get a pistol or anything up to an assault rifle, but it is much harder to get an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) or a machine gun or the boring things like spare parts for the above. You actually need to have a proper war for these sorts of things to become available and, lo and behold, you have a proper war.

  5. Emil Limpert:

    And then the other guy, he got his leg… Oh, hell. I guess he lost his leg. It was slit in four places where a grenade hit between us and I got one in my leg.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. affront
    • B. abduct
    • C. embellish
    • D. denudate

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