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pellet

[pel-it] /ˈpɛl ɪt/
noun
1.
a small, rounded or spherical body, as of food or medicine.
2.
a small wad or ball of wax, paper, etc., for throwing, shooting, or the like.
3.
one of a charge of small shot, as for a shotgun.
4.
a bullet.
5.
a ball, usually of stone, formerly used as a missile.
6.
Also called cast. Ornithology. a small, roundish mass of matter regurgitated by certain predatory birds, consisting of the indigestible remains, as the fur, feathers, and bones, of the prey.
7.
(in Romanesque architecture) a hemispherical or disklike carved ornament.
8.
Heraldry. ogress2 .
verb (used with object)
9.
to form into pellets; pelletize.
10.
to hit with pellets.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English pelet < Middle French pelote < Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila ball. See pill1, -et
Related forms
pelletlike, adjective
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Examples from the web for pellets
  • If a plastic is made from one type of polymer, it can be usually be washed and shredded into pellets that can be reused.
  • Given less work, less pensions and less pay, many families are switching from heating oil to wood pellets.
  • But this would not protect it against a sufficiently large detonation nearby, or a cloud of pellets shot into its path.
  • If the riming is substantial, the crystal may become graupel, or snow pellets.
  • We make lentil size pellets out of them and then they are used to make other products.
  • So you could power your car with a tank of aluminum pellets and a few gallons of water.
  • The majority are rods containing pellets of thorium oxide.
  • Farmed salmon swim around and around in enclosed pens and are fed formulated pellets on a feeding schedule.
  • It holds two smaller, porous bags that contain several peppercorn-sized pellets.
  • They started with a collection of spherical polystyrene pellets.
British Dictionary definitions for pellets

pellet

/ˈpɛlɪt/
noun
1.
a small round ball, esp of compressed matter: a wax pellet
2.
  1. an imitation bullet used in toy guns
  2. a piece of small shot
3.
a stone ball formerly used as a catapult or cannon missile
4.
(ornithol) Also called cast, casting. a mass of undigested food, including bones, fur, feathers, etc, that is regurgitated by certain birds, esp birds of prey
5.
a small pill
6.
a raised area on coins and carved or moulded ornaments
verb (transitive)
7.
to strike with pellets
8.
to make or form into pellets
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pelote, from Vulgar Latin pilota (unattested), from Latin pila ball
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Word Origin and History for pellets

pellet

n.

mid-14c., from Old French pelote "small ball" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila "ball, playing ball, the game of ball," perhaps originally "ball of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)).

v.

"to form into pellets," 1590s, from pellet (n.).

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pellets in Medicine

pellet pel·let (pěl'ĭt)
n.

  1. A small pill; a pilule.

  2. A small rod-shaped or ovoid mass, as of compressed steroid hormones, intended for subcutaneous implantation in body tissues to provide timed release over an extended period of time.

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