lethal area

lethal area

[′lē·thəl ′er·ē·ə]
(ordnance)
In terminal ballistics, a figure of merit, having the dimension of area, which permits prediction of the number of casualties a missile may be expected to produce when employed under specified conditions; an equation states the relationship between the lethal area and the numerous factors affecting its numerical value.
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To address this concern, many carnivorous plants have tall flower stalks, thereby creating a significant separation between the flower and the lethal area of the plant.
The lethal area is the circular area within which the number of survivors is the same as the number of fatalities outside it.
The duck and turkey images provide immediate feedback as to whether or not the shot have hit a lethal area of anatomy.
Over the past 20 years, I have seen a number of elk wounded by hunters trying to put the shot behind the leg, even when they have a square-foot lethal area to shoot in front of the leg.
When Tony Blair and his Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, ordered them into this lethal area they knew the dangers.
When used with a Fuchs Electronics proximity fuze set to function at a pre-selected height above the target surface, the resulting combination of body fragments and steel spheres can cover a lethal area of about 2000 metres.
In most descriptions, of this type of display, the lethal zones are divided into the full lethal area (usually depicted in yellow) and the part of the lethal zone in which no escape is possible (usually depicted in red).
The 60mm test firing indicates the capability of a Metal Storm weapon system to destroy vehicles or infrastructure and damage or disable armored vehicles and raises the potential burst effect or lethal area to approximately 4-5 times greater than that of 40mm rounds.
Thus, even soldiers that are not within the lethal area of indirect fire know that something is shooting at them.
At the height of Iraq's sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2007 the province was among the country's most lethal areas.
The Kandahar region, the birthplace of the Taliban, is one of the most lethal areas in Afghanistan.