Meaning of anti-personnel in English:



  • (of weapons, especially bombs) designed to kill or injure people rather than to damage buildings or equipment.

    ‘To reduce or eliminate the use of certain weapons that are indiscriminate in character, such as anti-personnel landmines.’
    • ‘Smoke and CS grenades can be used to flush out men in cellars and sewers, while white phosphorous grenades can be used to create smoke or as an anti-personnel weapon.’
    • ‘The rather more rare anti-personnel rockets will spew out fragments up to 30 feet or more.’
    • ‘He would be even angrier at those who manufacture and sell the anti-personnel landmines that kill 200 equally innocent, but non-Australian people, every couple of days.’
    • ‘These bombs were not just lethal and nasty anti-personnel weapons but were also at the time highly classified.’
    • ‘There was an erroneous assumption that the sticky foam would be used as an anti-personnel weapon, and visions of an agitator with his head covered with a blob of foam prevented a more careful analysis of the intended use of the foam.’
    • ‘The effects would range from - if you're using it purely as a mine clearance device then you are creating large gaps within minefields, to perhaps in a far less palatable sense, an anti-personnel weapon.’
    • ‘He has posed undercover to buy anti-personnel landmines, in contravention of the 1998 Landmines Act, and he showed the relative ease with which it was possible to get postal votes on behalf of dead people.’
    • ‘The use of anti-personnel weapons in urban areas where they endanger large numbers of civilians is a violation of international law.’
    • ‘They're anti-personnel weapons; they're intended to give amputation wounds.’
    • ‘In the 1990s, outrage about the continuing manufacture and trade in anti-personnel weapons steadily grew.’
    • ‘It has also been widely used as an anti-personnel weapon, in battle and in terrorist attacks.’
    • ‘He had mounted on his plane his most cherished weapon, ideal for the task it now fulfilled: an anti-personnel cannon, the traditional weapon of the Army for use in hunting men.’
    • ‘The fragments would shred an aeroplane's fuselage and render it inoperable, making the anti-personnel bombs very effective on airfield raids.’
    • ‘They carried two incendiary and one anti-personnel bomb.’
    • ‘Eventually, 102 countries were represented at the conference that signed a convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines.’
    • ‘Additionally, and consistent with Australia's obligations under the Ottawa Convention, Australian forces will not use or assist or encourage others to use anti-personnel landmines.’
    • ‘For instance, it is estimated that one anti-personnel landmine can be bought at a paltry US $3, yet it costs up to US $1,000 to clear a single landmine.’
    • ‘Ten years on, he is the inventor of the country's first anti-personnel landmine disposal machine, and is helping clear the deadly invisible enemy from Afghanistan to Nicaragua.’
    • ‘The 2,000 arrows and nearly 150 longbows found on board reflect the continuing reliance on traditional methods of anti-personnel artillery.’



/ˌantɪpəːsəˈnɛl/ /ˌantɪpəːsnˈɛl/