- 1A small, rounded, compressed mass of a substance: fish food pelletsMore example sentences
- Today I noticed that as soon as I dropped a few of the smelly fish food pellets into the water they started to fight over them.
- Wiley and three co-workers pour 10 metric tons of food pellets into the pens each day and monitor the fish with underwater video cameras to see when they stop eating.
- To give one example, a red pellet could contain substances such as potassium perchlorate and strontium carbonate, besides pitch as fuel and starch as binder.
- 1.1A piece of small shot or other lightweight bullet: he had also been struck by a number of shotgun pelletsMore example sentences
- These can be easily missed or confused with wounds from shot gun pellets or small caliber bullets.
- The same cannot be said for shotgun pellets, bullets, snares or traps.
- The police responded by firing rubber bullets, wooden pellets, and tear gas into the crowd.
- 1.2A small mass of bones and feathers regurgitated by a bird of prey: owl pelletsMore example sentences
- Prey is often swallowed whole, and the fur, feathers, and bones are later regurgitated in pellets.
- Since the mid-1980s, his team has been studying a great skua breeding colony, analyzing bones and feathers in pellets that skuas cough up after feeding.
- Indigestible materials like fur, feathers and insect exoskeletons, if swallowed, are regurgitated in a pellet.
- 1.3A small round piece of animal faeces, especially from a rabbit or rodent.More example sentences
- For the rabbit scent, two to three fecal pellets were placed in the runway within 20 cm on either side of the tile.
- These specialized fertilizers include compost and processed animal manure pellets.
- Some tunnels are hollow, with walls consolidated by a mucous secretion; others are packed with fecal pellets, indicating that the animal was eating its way through the sediment.
verb (pellets, pelleting, pelleted)[with object] Back to top
- 1Form (a substance) into pellets: the business made its name pelleting sugar beet seed (as adjective pelleted) pelleted forms of fertilizerMore example sentences
- If you can find a feed mill that grinds its own mash frequently that is a better choice than preserved, pelleted food (which may contain cheap, low-quality ingredients).
- Material was spun at 6000 rpm for 1 min to pellet nucleic acid, and supernatant was removed to a clean tube.
- Acid insoluble material was pelleted by centrifugation at 14,000 x g for 10 min and the supernatant was mixed with 1/4 volume 100% trichloroacetic acid and incubated on ice for 1 hr.
- 2Hit with or as if with pellets: the last drops of rain were pelleting the windshieldMore example sentences
- It was teaming, the type rain that pellets the ground and makes grooves.
late Middle English: from Old French pelote 'metal ball', from a diminutive of Latin pila 'ball'.