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grenade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grenade a small explosive bomb thrown by hand or fired from a missile
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grenades were invented in China over 1,000 years ago.
    • n Grenade (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grenade 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grenade gre-nād′ a small shell of iron or annealed glass, filled with powder and bits of iron, and thrown from the hand, or with a shovel over a parapet.
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Quotations

  • Norman Mailer
    Norman%20Mailer
    “Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.”

Idioms

Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - (USA) Used in response to someone saying "almost" in a win/lose situation. The full expression is "Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." An alternate form puts "and flinging shit from a shovel" at the end.
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Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - This phrase is used to say that if you come close to success without succeeding, it is not good enough
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. grenade, a pomegranate, a grenade, or Sp. granada,; orig., filled with seeds. So called from the resemblance of its shape to a pomegranate. See Carnet Grain a kernel, and cf. Pomegranate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Sp. granada—L. granatus, full of seeds—granum, a grain, seed.

Usage

In literature:

Hand-grenades were thrown against the door of his house, as also at those of other ministers, but without doing harm.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
When the poor fellows sought refuge under the walls, hand grenades were fired to dislodge them.
"From Jungle to Java" by Arthur Keyser
The hand grenade is a mighty dangerous weapon, but also a most effective one when wisely used.
"The Fight for the Argonne" by William Benjamin West
I could distinguish the red grenades on their arms through the smoke.
"Attack" by Edward G. D. Liveing
At the outbreak of war the only effective weapon for attacking the Zeppelin from the air was the Hales grenade.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Flame-throwers and grenades seemed to be the most effective.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Again, at other places in the trenches, light artillery, such as machine guns and grenade throwers were set up.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
The Germans advanced in close formation, throwing hand grenades.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
It will be a simple matter for you to picture what an atomic grenade or one of the ship's rays will do.
"The Death-Traps of FX-31" by Sewell Peaslee Wright
Grenade engagements took place near the Bethune-Arras road and north of Souchez.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Hand grenades tore down scores of defenders and assailants' attacks.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
On the left bank of the Meuse French troops engaged the Germans with hand grenades on the eastern slopes of Hill 304.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
There are cases of hand grenades yonder.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
The way to do is to even things with a hundred million hand grenades!
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
You all have hand grenades as well as your rifles?
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
The fort was well supplied with hand grenades, which were used with great effectiveness.
"History of the Sixteenth Connecticut Volunteers" by B. F. Blakeslee
A grenade fell burning, almost at the feet of the General.
"Hungarian Sketches in Peace and War" by Mór Jókai
One day, as Caretto was directing the guns, a grenade fired from the heights of Lithanizza burst over his head and struck out his left eye.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
In one of Ko's hands was a grenade!
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
The grenade set fire to this powder, and in a second there was a terrible explosion.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
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In poetry:

He threw the hand grenades back
With a outshoot drop,
An' evvytime he threw
They was one less cop.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
Each to his place in the combat,
All to the parts they played
With bayonet, brisk to its purpose,
Rifle and hand grenade.
"A Vision" by Patrick MacGill
That's why fuisilliers wear to this moment
A badge which they think's a grenade.
But they're wrong … it's a brass reproduction,
Of the pudding Sam's mother once made.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
So dis time, ven dose hand grenades trow,
Den I tinks soon it's time for to go;
If mine back's full mit lead,
Not mine breast, nor mine head,
Dat's von ting mine Katrina don't know.
"Fritz In The Hospital" by Abner Cosens
Hide in the dark alone, objector;
Ask a grenade what you are living for,
Or drink this knowledge from the mud.
To an abyss more terrible than war
Descend and tunnel toward a barrier
Away from anything that moves with blood.
"Interregnum" by Weldon Kees

In news:

SARCELLES, France — The gunshots outside a synagogue and the grenade that shattered the windows of a kosher grocery spread fear into the streets – but caused little surprise.
Police also discovered potentially explosive air bags and a smoke grenade that was rendered safe by the Boulder County Bomb Squad.
Jeff Satur says the grenades turned out to be replicas that were reported stolen Wednesday evening following news of the evacuations.
In stark contrast to the skilled art on display, are photographs of fields littered with grenades from a war long since passed.
A domestic disturbance on Charleston's West Side about 6 am today involved a man wielding a knife and what appeared to be a hand grenade, said Sgt Eric Hodges of the Charleston Police Department.
An airport was shut down after officials found a grenade in Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne's luggage.
Domestic dispute call leads police to discovery of hand grenade.
Guns, drugs, hand grenade found at home on Belmont Drive .
Unearthed grenade sends bomb squad to Gansett.
When a hand grenade was found by landscapers at an Amagansett house on Tuesday, the Suffolk police bomb squad responded.
Halloween salesman's costume, grenade lead to 911 call.
Officials say they evacuated an Akron, Ohio, elementary school when a kindergartner brought what looked like a hand grenade for show and tell.
British Boy Finds Live Grenade During Easter Egg Hunt.
According to the Daily Mail, a three-year-old British boy on an Easter egg hunt stumbled across something that didn't belong -- a live hand grenade.
MANAMA, Bahrain—Riot police in Bahrain have fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of marchers trying to reach a heavily guarded square that was once the hub of their anti-government uprising.
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