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noun
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.
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Origin of chain shot

First recorded in 1575–85
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chain shot

noun
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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