Definition of shrapnel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʃræpnəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃræpnəl//
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small pieces of metal that are thrown up and away from an exploding bomb Two people were hit by shrapnel. a piece of shrapnel a shrapnel wound Word Originearly 19th cent.: named after General Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), the British soldier who invented the shell.Extra examples He took shrapnel to his leg. He was hit in the arm by flying shrapnel. She still has shrapnel in her left arm. The bomb exploded, sending shrapnel flying through the trees. The rocket sent shrapnel in every direction. a piece of shrapnel in her back surgery to remove shrapnel the shrapnel from the grenade
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