Minie ball

Minie ball
Minie ball Min"ie ball` [From the inventor, Captain Mini['e], of France.] A conical rifle bullet, with a cavity in its base plugged with a piece of iron, which, by the explosion of the charge, is driven farther in, expanding the sides to fit closely the grooves of the barrel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • minie ball — kind of rifle bullet, 1853, named for its inventor, French army officer Claude Étienne Minié (1814 1879), who designed it 1847 8 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Minié ball — [min′ē, min′ē ā΄] n. [after C. E. Minié (1814 79), Fr inventor] a cone shaped rifle bullet used in the 19th cent …   English World dictionary

  • Minié ball — Various types of Minié balls. The four on the right are provided with Tamisier ball grooves for aerodynamic stability …   Wikipedia

  • minié ball — noun Etymology: Claude Étienne Minié died 1879 French army officer Date: 1852 a rifle bullet with a conical head used in muzzle loading firearms …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Minié ball — /min ee, min ee ay /; Fr. /mee nyay / a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century. [1855 60; named after C. E. Minié (1814 79), French officer who invented it] * * * …   Universalium

  • Minié ball — noun A muzzle loading bullet with a hollow base, much used in the second half of the nineteenth century. So intense was the firing that at one point just behind the southern lines an oak tree nearly two feet thick was cut down by minié balls …   Wiktionary

  • minié ball — ˈminē , ēˌā noun Usage: sometimes capitalized M Etymology: after Claude Étienne Minié died 1879 French army officer : a rifle bullet having a cylindrical body, conical head, and hollow base and much used in the middle of the 19th century …   Useful english dictionary

  • Minié rifle — French Army P1851 Minié rifle. British Army …   Wikipedia

  • Minié — Claude Étienne Minié Claude Étienne Minié (13 février 1804 à Paris 14 décembre 1879 à Paris)[1] était un inventeur et un officier de l armée française. Il est célèbre pour avoir conçu, dans les années 1840, le fusil Minié qui permettait un… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Minié, Claude-Étienne — ▪ French military officer born Feb. 13, 1804, Paris, France died Dec. 14, 1879, Paris       French army officer who solved the problem of designing a bullet for the muzzle loading rifle. The bullet became known as the Minié ball.       After… …   Universalium

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