Shrapnel
Shrapnel Shrap"nel, a. Applied as an appellation to a kind of shell invented by Gen. H. Shrapnel of the British army. -- n. A shrapnel shell; shrapnel shells, collectively. [1913 Webster]

{Shrapnel shell} (Gunnery), a projectile for a cannon, consisting of a shell filled with bullets and a small bursting charge to scatter them at any given point while in flight. See the Note under {Case shot}. [1913 Webster]


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