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n. 1 A small sharp antipersonnel projectile, used as shrapnel, fired from a shotgun, or scattered from an aircraft. 2 (context dated English) The game of lawn darts.


A flechette is a pointed steel projectile, with a vaned tail for stable flight. The name comes from French , "little arrow" or " dart", and sometimes retains the acute accent in English: fléchette.

Flechette (company)

Flechette is an independent film and television production company operating from Glasgow, Scotland, and Dublin, Ireland. The company has had a close association with filmmaker Garfield Kennedy (who produced and directed the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award winning 9/11 documentary, NOVA: Why the Towers Fell, for PBS broadcaster WGBH Boston). Flechette has co-production links with Texas-based producers, Raygun Films Inc., and is developing theatrical films in Europe and North America.

Flechette has produced a series of fictional films including the BAFTA-nominated short, Bye-Child (written and directed by Bernard MacLaverty, and based on the poem of the same title by Seamus Heaney). Bye-Child and documentary, The Grandparents (directed by Ioana Joca), have been nominated for 3 BAFTA Scotland Awards and MacLaverty won Best First Time Director prize. In 2005, Flechette produced a fictional film for children, Winning Streak, which featured television racing pundit, John McCririck, playing as himself.

The company also has had a close association with various extreme balloon flights - principally involving Sir Richard Branson and aeronautical designer and adventurer, Per Lindstrand. In 1999, the company shot the world's first circumnavigation of the world by balloon when Swiss psychiatrist, Bertrand Piccard, and English balloon pilot, Brian Jones, flew their Breitling Orbiter 3 Rozière balloon over the Mauritanian coast completing the flight in 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes.

Usage examples of "flechette".

Shot that caseless ammo looked like wax crayons, plastic propellant molded around alloy flechettes like big nails.

M-4000, and saw one of the ghouls disintegrate under the hideous power of the tiny dartlike flechettes.

To a limited extent, supplementing conventional firearms with flechette weapons and electric railguns.

Wesson M-4000 scattergun, with its full load of eight of the 12-gauge Remington flechettes.

Wesson scattergun, carrying its lethal load of 12-gauge flechettes, the tiny inch-long darts that would star out and rip anyone within range to bloody tetters of skin and flesh.

They heard the enraged buzzsaw of a flechette burpgun, the reports of the rounds battering their ears, the metal slivers whining and ricocheting off the floor, barrier, and walls, nearly as much of a hazard to the marksman as to his targets.

Orin had told me that once he and Smothergill, Flechette, and I think Penn's older brother had gotten hold of a magnetic video of some old hardcore X-film The Green Door or Deep Throat, one of those old chestnuts of cellulite and jism.

The tac officers left eye was swollen completely shut, the eyebrow above it scabbed with clotted blood where a flechette gun's butt plate had split it, and her right eye blinked in obvious disorientation.

The tac officer's left eye was swollen completely shut, the eyebrow above it scabbed with clotted blood where a flechette gun's butt plate had split it, and her right eye blinked in obvious disorientation.

I had no doubt that the rifle would work perfectly in hard vacuum -- either flechette cloud, energy lance, charged particle beam, solid slug, or hyper-k.

Now it had only one remaining window, the side and rear panels were pocked with flechette strikes, the left rear quarter panel had been mostly torn off by a close encounter with a mortar track and the engine compartment was spurting steam.

He gasps as Pierce turns the pistol toward him and the flechettes strike.

The flechettes were loaded with a fast-acting paralytic drug: Pierce found he could still breathe, with effort, but could not move.

The rifle was fully loaded with a clip of drugged flechettes, but the impact setting was a very lethal 10.

The KG-15 sprayed ten flechettes per second through the jeep's open windshield.