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ˈʃræp nlshrap·nel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrapnelnoun

    shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight


  1. shrapnelnoun

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

  2. shrapnelnoun

    Loose change.

  3. Etymology: 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. Shrapneladjective

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

  2. Shrapnelnoun

    a shrapnel shell; shrapnel shells, collectively

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. shrapnel

    See Projectile, Smooth-bore Projectiles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrapnel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrapnel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of shrapnel in a Sentence

  1. Marine Justin Blazejewski:

    We came out, and I tripped and hurt my ankle, the next day, we had another explosion. It knocked me unconscious. I woke up and had several injuries and pieces of shrapnel in my ankle. That's when, as a runner, it stopped for me.

  2. Ron Vara:

    Only the Chinese can turn a leather sofa into an acid bath, a baby crib into a lethal weapon, and a cell phone battery into heart-piercing shrapnel.

  3. Jeffrey Cohen:

    Anything to slow or divert a bullet or shrapnel.

  4. East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway:

    There (were) two options: We either detonate those tanks, or they detonate themselves, yes, harmful chemicals went into the air. I am truly sorry, but that is the only option we had. If we didn’t do that, then they were going to blow up, and we were going to have shrapnel all across this town.

  5. Jake Schick:

    I was leaving my family to go see my family, that was painful, much worse than the compound fractures in my left leg and arm, the broken ribs, the shrapnel and burns. The fact that I was leaving my brothers hurt more than anything … I had to leave them knowing they were in harm’s way and there was nothing I could do about it.

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