American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small bomb or explosive missile that is detonated by a fuse and thrown by hand or shot from a rifle or launcher.
- n. A glass container filled with a chemical such as tear gas that is dispersed when the container is thrown and broken.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An explosive missile of any kind, usually smaller than a bomb or bombshell, and not discharged from a cannon, but thrown by hand or by a shovel or fork.
- n. obsolete A pomegranate.
- n. A small explosive device, designed to be thrown by hand or launched from a grenade launcher.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A hollow ball or shell of iron filled with powder of other explosive, ignited by means of a fuse, and thrown from the hand among enemies.
- n. a small explosive bomb thrown by hand or fired from a missile
- From French grenade, from Old French grenate in the phrase pome grenate ("pomegranate"), ultimately from Latin pomum granatum ("seeded fruit"). The -d developed in French under influence of Spanish granada. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French (pome) grenate, pomegranate (from its shape); see pomegranate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Bomb: A bomb, also known as a grenade, is thrown as a splash weapon.”
“Note 15: Although Raggio (Gubbio Studiolo, 114) correctly identifies this explosive device as a petard, the term grenade is appropriate due to a play of words and images (with pomegranates) discussed in chapter 6. back”
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