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Meaning of shrapnel

shrap•nel

Pronunciation: (shrap'nl), [key]
— n.
    1. a hollow projectile containing bullets or the like and a bursting charge, designed to explode before reaching the target, and to set free a shower of missiles.
    2. such projectiles collectively.
  1. shell fragments.
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