One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A type of ammunition resembling a needle, used in bombs, shells, and guns.‘doctors say they have pulled flechettes from dead and wounded fighters’
small arrow, bolt, shaftView synonyms
- ‘When fired, the cartridge activated within 3 meters of the muzzle to spray flechettes in a shotgun-like blast.’
- ‘There are exceptions to what I said, since flechettes and armor piercing rounds were designed with armor in mind.’
- ‘I just pulled the rifle's trigger, and a burst of flechettes hit the sentry right in the forehead.’
- ‘It fired a guided antitank missile in addition to conventional tank rounds and a special antipersonnel round containing thousands of tiny dartlike flechettes.’
- ‘Paul had also heard about the idea of using flechettes as ammunition.’
- 1.1 A shell containing flechettes.‘the flechette exploded and part of it penetrated the southern and western walls’
First World War (denoting a pointed steel projectile resembling a dart, dropped from an aircraft): from French fléchette, diminutive of flèche ‘arrow’.
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