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shrapnel

[shrap-nl] /ˈʃræp nl/
noun
1.
Military.
  1. a hollow projectile containing bullets or the like and a bursting charge, designed to explode before reaching the target, and to set free a shower of missiles.
  2. such projectiles collectively.
2.
shell fragments.
Origin of shrapnel
1800-1810
1800-10; named after Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842), English army officer, its inventor
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shrapnel

/ˈʃræpnəl/
noun
1.
  1. a projectile containing a number of small pellets or bullets exploded before impact
  2. such projectiles collectively
2.
fragments from this or any other type of shell
Word Origin
C19: named after H. Shrapnel (1761–1842), English army officer, who invented it
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Word Origin and History for shrapnel
n.

1806, from Gen. Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842), who invented a type of exploding, fragmenting shell when he was a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery during the Peninsular War. The invention consisted of a hollow cannon ball, filled with shot, which burst in mid-air; his name for it was spherical case ammunition. Sense of "shell fragments" is first recorded 1940. The surname is attested from 13c., and is believed to be a metathesized form of Charbonnel, a diminutive form of Old French charbon "charcoal," in reference to complexion, hair color, or some other quality.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shrapnel

shpos

noun

An obnoxious patient

[1970s+ Medical; fr subhuman piece of shit]


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