- a collection of small projectiles in a case, to be fired from a cannon.
Origin of case shot
First recorded in 1665–75
Also called canister, canister shot.
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Examples from the Web for case shot
There is less execution by a single bullet than by case-shot.
Well steered; edge toward him, and when you fire bring your guns to bear right among his men with the case-shot.Life Aboard a British Privateer in the Time of Queen Anne
Robert C. Leslie
They went too far, however, got under a fire of case-shot, and lost a considerable number of men and horses.In the Russian Ranks
The Surgeon, while examining, was torn away by case-shot: Kleist lay bleeding without help.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIX. (of XXI.)
On being discharged the projectile delivered the bullets in a shower somewhat after the fashion of case-shot.
- another name for canister (def. 2b)
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