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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shrapnel mean? 

  The noun SHRAPNEL has 1 sense:

1. shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight

  Familiarity information: SHRAPNEL used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("shrapnel" is a kind of...):

shell (ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun)

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