EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 Historical Examples of grapeshot
That kind of
grapeshot which is secured in tiers by parallel iron discs.
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
I beg your acceptance of an inkstand, made with a Russian
grapeshot. British Dictionary definitions for grapeshot noun 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 n.
grape-shot, 1747, from grape + shot (n.). So called for its appearance. Originally simply grape, as a collective singular (1680s). n.
grape-shot, 1747, from grape + shot (n.). So called for its appearance. The whiff of grapeshot popularized in English from 1837, from Carlyle's history of the French Revolution (in which it was a chapter title).
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