- Fragments of a bomb, shell, or other object thrown out by an explosion.More example sentences
- Soft flesh is no match for mortar shells, rocket-propelled grenade fragments and shrapnel thrown out in all directions by roadside bombs.
- First into battle was Joe, who ran a head-on-head, slightly damaging his shield power from the enemy's explosion throwing shrapnel into it.
- Bombs not only throw off shrapnel themselves, they create lots of deadly flying debris, including flying glass from broken windows, that can kill and maim.
early 19th century: named after General Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), the British soldier who invented the shell.
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