Definition of birdshot in US English:

birdshot

noun

  • The smallest size of shot for shotguns.

    • ‘In shotgun ammo, stock standard birdshot in 12 gauge.’
    • ‘Despite being summer, the temperature was below 10 and the intermittent rain stung like birdshot.’
    • ‘The boss took a 16 gauge, pump shotgun loaded with birdshot outside and fired thrice into the tree.’
    • ‘Guns gave hunters an advantage, particularly in the use of birdshot to kill waterfowl and small mammals, but guns were costly and men were reluctant to lend them or dispose of them as grave goods.’
    • ‘The birdshot loads have already accounted for a respectable number of venomous Mississippi snakes and I even bagged a beaver with a well-placed charge of buckshot.’
    • ‘Many questions about the affair remain unanswered, chief among them being why a crack team of garda marksmen, the army and an additional 60 gardai were brought in to deal with a man armed with a gun with birdshot pellets.’
    • ‘The possible confusion is that No.4 buckshot and No.4 birdshot differ considerably in size.’
    • ‘To this end it was shot extensively with birdshot, buckshot and slugs on both static and moving targets.’
    • ‘We found both medium caliber projectiles which appear to be 9mm and we found birdshot from a shotgun.’
    • ‘They are available in birdshot, buckshot and a slug load.’
    • ‘You can decide, ‘I'll use a very low penetration round, like tiny birdshot.’’
    • ‘Beware the old shibboleth of using birdshot for home defense because ‘it won't go through walls and hurt your kids’.’
    • ‘The old wisdom used to be to load a nightstand shotgun with birdshot.’
    • ‘Police have used rubber bullets and birdshot against strikers.’
    • ‘It happened the only ammunition I could find at home was 12-gauge birdshot.’
    • ‘Police said rubber bullets were fired, while the union claimed that birdshot had been used.’
    • ‘It is almost as uncommon as locating a wild turkey or jackrabbit running around Texas without a load of birdshot under its hide.’
    • ‘But his weapon carried special cartridges filled with birdshot rather than soft-tipped lead bullets.’
    • ‘Among the injured police, 10 were hurt by youths firing fine-grain birdshot in a late-night clash in the southern Paris suburb of Grigny, police spokesman Patrick Hamon said.’
    • ‘I would have been shocked if we had because he was using an air gun with an enormous piece of slug instead of birdshot.’

Pronunciation

birdshot

/ˈbərdSHät//ˈbərdʃɑt/