shrapnel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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. The surname is likely a metathesised form of Charbonnel, a diminutive of Old French "charbon" (charcoal) in reference to hair colour, complexion, or the like.

Noun[edit]

shrapnel (uncountable)

  1. A collective term for shot, fragments, or debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine.
  2. (slang) Loose change.
  3. debris caused by action of persons or animals.
    The dog did not eat my sandwich. It was in a bag. If he had eaten my sandwich, there'd be shrapnel all over the place from him tearing open the bag.

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Noun[edit]

shrapnel m (plural shrapnels)

  1. shrapnel