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chain shot

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noun
  1. cannon shot consisting of two balls or half balls connected by a short chain, formerly used in naval artillery to destroy the masts and sails of enemy ships.

Origin of chain shot

First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for chain shot

Historical Examples

  • Four cannons were pointed at the Suliotes, loaded with chain-shot and broken glass.

    The Lion of Janina

    Mr Jkai

  • It is not necessary to explain at length the advantages of the chain-shot.

  • And how if they swept us off the causeway with a chain-shot?

    Cardigan

    Robert W. Chambers

  • If he had only left office with head erect and not dragging the chain-shot of debt!

  • He had purchased cannon and cohorn mortars, and chain-shot of Mr. Scott, and had paid him five hundred pounds for them.


British Dictionary definitions for chain shot

chain shot

noun
  1. cannon shot comprising two balls or half balls joined by a chain, much used formerly, esp in naval warfare to destroy rigging
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