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swivel gun

a gun mounted on a pedestal so that it can be turned from side to side or up and down.
Origin of swivel gun
First recorded in 1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The brig returned the fire with a swivel gun, which had little effect.

  • What about the swivel gun in the camp; could it be heard as far away as this, do you think, Dick?

  • And, looking down, he saw her and Mangaleesu carrying a swivel gun between them.

    Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
  • They had one swivel gun, which they mounted, and fired as soon as it was fixed, that the Indians might know they had such pieces.

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin

    Samuel G. Goodrich
  • She was a swivel gun set on bearings so finely adjusted and well-greased that one man could aim her.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • Freddy was still drilling away with his swivel gun in the rear cockpit and yelling at the top of his voice.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • On reaching the swivel gun he had it unlashed and carefully loaded, adding a ball and a grape shot to the ordinary charge.

    The Freebooters Gustave Aimard
  • The two-seater Caudron machine which the combat pilots were designated to protect was armed with only one swivel gun.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard

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