minute gun

[ min-it ]
/ ˈmɪn ɪt /


a cannon fired at intervals of a minute, especially as a signal of distress or in a military funeral ceremony.

Origin of minute gun

First recorded in 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for minute gun

  • It was a minute-gun, fired by the Americans in honour of their fallen foe, the gallant dead.

  • His questions had come in gasps, like short breakers out of a rising sea; her answers had fallen like the minute-gun above it.

    The Manxman|Hall Caine
  • All yesterday the minute-gun was booming through the fog to warn ships off the rocks—such a strangely solemn sound.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3|Augustus J. C. Hare

British Dictionary definitions for minute gun

minute gun

/ (ˈmɪnɪt) /


a gun fired at one-minute intervals as a sign of distress or mourning
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