- a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.
Origin of grapeshot
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Examples from the Web for grapeshot
That kind of grapeshot which is secured in tiers by parallel iron discs.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Beside the cannon were stacked canisters of grapeshot and flannel bags of powder.
He had been so sure that storm of grapeshot from the Victory would finish off the Indians.
Then the Green House struck the door like a salvo of grapeshot.The Varmint
I beg your acceptance of an inkstand, made with a Russian grapeshot.Soyer's Culinary Campaign
- ammunition for cannons consisting of a canvas tube containing a cluster of small iron or lead balls that scatter after firing
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Word Origin and History for grapeshot
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