Definition of submunition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsəbmyo͞oˈniSHən/


A small weapon or device that is part of a larger warhead and separates from it prior to impact.
Example sentences
  • Once sensors detect a target, preferably a tank or armored personnel cartier, the submunition fires an explosive projectile into the top of the target.
  • Meanwhile, activists should demand that the Pentagon halt exports of high-failure submunitions, update its current acceptable-failure standards and replace the Air Force's stockpile of millions of high-failure submunitions.
  • Separating from the shell above their target, the submunitions descend on wings at a speed of forty-five meters per second to strike the tank or fighting vehicle at its most vulnerable and unarmored point - the roof.

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Syllabification: sub·mu·ni·tion

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