The plunging fire of a high position is not as effective as a sweeping fire of a low one.
It assists in protecting from enfilade, and affords a plunging fire.
“I have seen you look far less worried under a plunging fire from a pom-pom,” he said cheerily.
But she has a low freeboard, and the guns, therefore, get no plunging fire.
But a plunging fire, if it misses the object aimed at, goes into the ground and is harmless.
Scott rapidly forming his men under the plunging fire of these, shouted, "Forward!"
In spite of all the threats and expostulations of the governor, the garrison, galled by this plunging fire, at once capitulated.
The order had been passed to lessen the charges in the big guns and elevate them more, in order to secure a plunging fire.
In reply it was said that (as had been seen at Cerro Gordo) a plunging fire did little harm.
Fifteen minutes were passed exposed to this plunging fire, which splintered the oars and covered the boat with spray.