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shrap•nel



Pronunciation: (shrap'nl), [key]
n.
1. Mil.
a. 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.
b. such projectiles collectively.
2. shell fragments.

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