[AS.] Bullets or small pellets of lead shot from a gun. In war, some are composed of lead, wrought iron, or cast iron ; they are spherical or oblong, and include hollow, solid, and case-shot. Chain-shot was formerly used in naval warfare to destroy rigging. Shrapnel shell is a projectile for a cannon, consisting of a shell filled with bullets and a small bursting charge to scatter them at any point while in flight.