pellet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pellet a solid missile discharged from a firearm "the shot buzzed past his ear"
    • n pellet a small sphere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Corned beef got its name because this beef was preserved with pellets of salt that were the size of corn kernels, which was also referred to as "corns" of salt
    • Pellet A bullet; a ball for firearms. "As swift as a pellet out of a gun."
    • Pellet A little ball; as, a pellet of wax on paper.
    • v. t Pellet To form into small balls; to pelletize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Owls swallow their prey whole because they have no teeth. After approximately 12 hours they cough up the feathers, bones, and fur in a shape of a football pellet
    • n pellet A little ball, as of wax, dough, paper, lead (a shot), etc.: as, homeopathic pellets.
    • n pellet A stone ball formerly used as a missile, particularly from a sling; also, a cannon-ball; a bullet.
    • n pellet In heraldry, a roundel sable: same as ogress.
    • n pellet In numismatics, a small pellet-shaped boss. T. Erans.
    • n pellet In decorative art, a small rounded projection, usually one of many. Compare purl.
    • pellet To form into pellets or little balls.
    • n pellet The indigestible part of the food of hawks and owls, consisting of bones, hair, feathers, etc., which is cast up or regurgitated in the shape of elongated balls.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pellet pel′et a little ball, as of lint or wax: a small rounded boss: a small pill: a ball of shot
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pelote, LL. pelota, pilota, fr. L. pila, a ball. Cf. Platoon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pelote—L. pila, a ball.

Usage

In literature:

With a spurt of flame the leaden pellet struck over my head against the vaulted ceiling.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Sime pressed a neuro-pistol into Tolto's hand, warned him to sweep the stairs with it, while he coursed around for some of the pellet bombs.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
The tiny pellet had missed him by inches.
"Invasion" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The gun did not belch forth its death-dealing pellet.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Even the fire pellets could not make it burn.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Then the first carbine spat out its vicious pellet.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The dynol pistol exploded sharply; the flaming pellet caught the Cor square in his side.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Nest on beam in sheep shed; made of pellets of mud, lined with feathers.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
In unison we placed the pellets on our tongues, and hastily swallowed.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
But for all the effect Gordon's shots had upon the Xoranian, his ammunition might as well have been pellets of paper.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

Doctor Thomas sat over his dinner,
Though his wife was waiting to ring,
Rolling his bread into pellets;
Said, 'Cancer's a funny thing.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
And when her false gunner, to spoyle her intent,
Away all her pellets and powder had sent,
Straight with her keen weapon she slasht him in three:
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Andrew Lang
And when her false gunner, to spoyle her intent,
Away all her pellets and powder had sent,
Straight with her keen weapon shee slasht him in three:
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Anonymous British
No roasting for the umpire now - his was an easy lot;
But here the pitcher whirled again- was that a rifle shot?
A whack, a crack, and out through the space the leather pellet flew,
A blot against the distant sky, a speck against the blue.
"Casey's Revenge" by Henry Grantland Rice

In news:

Man arrested with 65 pellets of heroin in his body.
Burglar takes pellet guns and Coca-Cola poster.
At one point, pellets and tracking powder were very popular.
Lange /Strand Pelletizing Technology.
A 12-year-old student is in protective custody after he brought a pellet gun to school, causing a lockdown.
The pellets, which are to be placed in water where mosquitoes breed, should be effective for the rest of the summer.
Promising snow, rain, "pellets of ice" (everyone's favorite), and gusts of wind up to 60 mph, this is going to suck majorly.
Nuggets have a far higher iron content than the pellets typically produced in the region.
Skyview student arrested for allegedly having pellet gun in school parking lot.
Recommended pellet & wood stoves.
What's behind our pellet & wood stove Ratings.
Pellet plant fined for workplace violations.
Two deputies were hit — one in the face and one in the forearm — by pellets from what has been called a BB gun.
Man critically injured when pellet gun goes off.
Items Tagged with ' pellet furnaces'.
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In science:

The following theorem, which is a generalization of Cauchy’s result, can be considered as a special limit case of the generalized Pellet theorem just as in the scalar case.
Generalization and variations of Pellet's theorem for matrix polynomials
The following theorem is a variation of Pellet’s theorem, obtained by squaring the block companion matrix and repartitioning the result, which leads to additional Cauchy-type and Pellet-type bounds.
Generalization and variations of Pellet's theorem for matrix polynomials
These examples focus somewhat more on Pellet bounds than on Cauchy bounds since they are less frequently mentioned in the literature.
Generalization and variations of Pellet's theorem for matrix polynomials
This example illustrates how Theorem 4.1, applied to scalar polynomials (m = 1), can sometimes be used to provide gaps between the moduli of zeros of a polynomial when the classical scalar version of Pellet’s theorem cannot.
Generalization and variations of Pellet's theorem for matrix polynomials
The designation A−1 k P is replaced by p since for the scalar version of Pellet’s theorem there is no difference between its application to p and to a−1 k p.
Generalization and variations of Pellet's theorem for matrix polynomials
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