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grenade

Syllabification: gre·nade
Pronunciation: /ɡrəˈnād
 
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Definition of grenade in English:

noun

1A small bomb thrown by hand or launched mechanically.
Example sentences
  • Their unit was ambushed with bombs, grenades and petrol bombs, but the soldiers managed to escape their vehicle before it burned out.
  • At the moment they are still chucking stones, petrol bombs and grenades at us.
  • As the patrol drove off, two rocket-propelled grenades were launched from a house.
1.1A glass receptacle containing chemicals that are released when the receptacle is thrown and broken, used for testing drains and extinguishing fires.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'pomegranate'): from French, alteration of Old French (pome) grenate (see pomegranate), on the pattern of Spanish granada. The bomb was so named because of its shape, supposedly resembling a pomegranate.

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