Definition of Pellet

1. Noun. A small sphere.

Generic synonyms: Ball, Globe, Orb

2. Noun. A solid missile discharged from a firearm. "The shot buzzed past his ear"
Exact synonyms: Shot
Specialized synonyms: Bb, Bb Shot, Bird Shot, Buckshot, Duck Shot, Grape, Grapeshot, Ball, Musket Ball
Group relationships: Canister, Canister Shot, Case Shot
Generic synonyms: Missile, Projectile

Definition of Pellet

1. n. A little ball; as, a pellet of wax &?; paper.

2. v.&?;. To form into small balls.

Definition of Pellet

1. Noun. Usually a small, compressed, symmetrical and hard chunk of matter. Ex: Wood pellet, ore pellet, etc. ¹

2. Noun. A lead projectile used as ammunition in rifled air guns. ¹

3. Noun. Compressed byproduct of digestion regurgitated by owls. Serves as a waste disposal mechanism for indigestible parts of food, such as fur and bones. ¹

4. Verb. To form into pellets ¹

5. Verb. To strike with pellets ¹

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Definition of Pellet

1. to strike with pellets (small rounded masses) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pellet

1. 1. A pilule, or very small pill. 2. A small rod-shaped or ovoid dosage form that is sterile and is composed essentially of pure steroid hormones in compressed form, intended for subcutaneous implantation in body tissues; serves as a depot providing for the slow release of the hormone over an extended period of time. Origin: Fr. Pelote; L. Pila, a ball (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pellet

pellagra-preventing factor
pellagra sine pellagra
pelle-like protein kinase
pellegrini-steatum ossification
pellet (current term)
pellet gun
pellet guns
pellet implantation

Literary usage of Pellet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1920)
"HARRY C. OBERHOLSER, Washington, DC A Raven pellet.—In January of this year I picked up in a field at Santa Cruz Island, California, a pellet presumably ..."

2. Sussex Archaeological Collections Relating to the History and Antiquities of by Sussex Archaeological Society (1894)
"daughter one hundred marks " at 21 or marriage, best Arras coverlet pewter platters &c and one silver spoon, "to ffrancis pellet my sonne" £23—16—8 within 2 ..."

3. Fission Gas Behaviour in Water Reactor Fuels: Seminar Proceedings, Cadarache by OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (2002)
"During operation in the reactor, the pellet is significantly hotter than ... For these reasons, the pellet expands considerably more than the sheath does. ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"In 703 ' pellets,' a number only slightly greater than that which I examined, he found remains of ] ,579 shrews, an average of over two to each 'pellet,' ..."

5. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1884)
"Yearsley, in 1848, was the first, in this country, to draw attention to the improvement in hearing which is sometimes produced by placing a moistened pellet ..."

6. The Natural History of Insects by James Rennie, John Obadiah Westwood (1835)
"History of the Stag-beetle, its Habits—Description of the Larva, Pupa, and Cocoon—a Marvellous Story—History of the pellet- bf-ette, the Manner of forming ..."

7. Manufacture of Artillery Ammunition by John Herbert Van Deventer, E. A. Suverkrop, Robert Mawson, Fred Herbert Colvin (1917)
"SETSCREW FOR CAP Screw-machine times on these parts are: Time pellet, 140 per hr. ... Reseating top of percussion-pellet automatic, 800 per hr. ..."

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