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[gri-neyd] /grɪˈneɪd/
a small shell containing an explosive and thrown by hand or fired from a rifle or launching device.
a similar missile containing a chemical, as for dispersing tear gas or fire-extinguishing substances.
verb (used with object), grenaded, grenading.
to attack with a grenade or grenades.
Origin of grenade
1525-35; < French < Spanish granada pomegranate, special use of granado having grains < Latin grānātus. See grain, -ate1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grenade
  • He was trying to fire a rocket-propelled grenade from a shoulder mount, but it kept slipping off his shoulder.
  • One of the kids on our street lost both hands, up to his elbows, dismantling a grenade.
  • When the grenade went off, it blinded the family dog.
  • The first rocket-propelled grenade blew the right rear door off.
  • Disputes in a school playground have ended with a parent throwing a grenade or firing a warning shot.
  • One policeman is reported to have been lightly wounded by a hand grenade.
  • The pirates were said to be armed with guns and rocket-grenade launchers, and some escaped on speed boats.
  • Once, they could scare them off with a shout and a rocket-propelled grenade-launcher.
  • In practice, that often means using a rocket-propelled grenade, so as not to expose troops to snipers.
  • At the time the world was told that the helicopter was taken down by a well-aimed rocket-propelled grenade.
British Dictionary definitions for grenade


a small container filled with explosive thrown by hand or fired from a rifle
a sealed glass vessel that is thrown and shatters to release chemicals, such as tear gas or a fire extinguishing agent
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Spanish granada pomegranate, from Late Latin grānāta, from Latin grānātus seedy; see grain
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Word Origin and History for grenade

"small explosive shell," 1590s, earlier "pomegranate" (1520s), from Middle French grenade "pomegranate" (16c.), earlier grenate (12c.), from Old French pomegrenate (influenced by Spanish granada); so called because the many-seeded fruit suggested the powder-filled, fragmenting bomb, or from similarities of shape. See pomegranate.

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