from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, solid or densely packed ball or mass, as of food, wax, or medicine.
  • n. A bullet or piece of small shot.
  • n. A stone ball, used as a catapult missile or a primitive cannonball.
  • transitive v. To make or form into pellets.
  • transitive v. To strike with pellets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Usually a small, compressed, symmetrical and hard chunk of matter. Ex: Wood pellet, ore pellet, etc.
  • n. A lead projectile used as ammunition in rifled air guns.
  • n. Compressed byproduct of digestion regurgitated by owls. Serves as a waste disposal mechanism for indigestible parts of food, such as fur and bones.
  • v. To form into pellets
  • v. To strike with pellets

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little ball.
  • n. A bullet; a ball for firearms.
  • transitive v. To form into small balls; to pelletize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form into pellets or little balls.
  • n. A little ball, as of wax, dough, paper, lead (a shot), etc.: as, homeopathic pellets.
  • n. A stone ball formerly used as a missile, particularly from a sling; also, a cannon-ball; a bullet.
  • n. In heraldry, a roundel sable: same as ogress.
  • n. In numismatics, a small pellet-shaped boss. T. Erans.
  • n. In decorative art, a small rounded projection, usually one of many. Compare purl.
  • n. The indigestible part of the food of hawks and owls, consisting of bones, hair, feathers, etc., which is cast up or regurgitated in the shape of elongated balls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a solid missile discharged from a firearm
  • n. a small sphere


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English pelet, from Old French pelote, from Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila, ball.



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