Definition of star shell in English:

star shell

Syllabification: star shell

noun

An explosive projectile designed to burst in the air and light up an enemy’s position.
More example sentences
  • The lightships would fire at regular intervals a star shell timed to explode at 6440 feet.
  • The 81 mm was tested in the Caribbean and found to be much more effective in this role than the 3-inch gun firing star shells and could be fired at a higher rate.
  • By 5.22 pm Scharnhorst was surrounded and illuminated by star shells as heavy guns and torpedoes pounded into her, setting her ablaze end to end.

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Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict