hand-grenade (n.) 1660s, from HAND (Cf. hand) (n.) + GRENADE (Cf. grenade), which at that time referred to any explosive missile.

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  • Hand grenade — Grenade Gre*nade , n. [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}.] (Min.) A hollow ball or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hand grenade — hand grenades N COUNT A hand grenade is the same as a grenade …   English dictionary

  • hand grenade — ► NOUN ▪ a hand thrown grenade …   English terms dictionary

  • hand grenade — n. a small grenade thrown by hand and exploded by a timed fuze or by impact …   English World dictionary

  • hand grenade — hand′ grenade n. mil an explosive shell that is thrown by hand and exploded by impact or by means of a fuze • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • hand grenade — index bomb Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Hand grenade — M67 fragmentation grenade, a widely used modern hand grenade. A hand grenade is any small bomb that can be thrown by hand. Hand grenades are classified into three categories, explosive grenades, chemical and gas grenades.[1] Explosive grenades… …   Wikipedia

  • hand grenade — noun a grenade designed to be thrown by hand (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑grenade * * * ˈhand grenade [hand grenade hand grenades] noun a small bomb that is thrown by hand …   Useful english dictionary

  • hand grenade — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hand grenade : singular hand grenade plural hand grenades a small bomb that explodes after it has been thrown by hand …   English dictionary

  • hand grenade — hand gre,nade noun count a small bomb that explodes after it has been thrown by hand …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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