stern chaser

  1. a cannon mounted at or near the stern of a sailing ship, facing aft.

Origin of stern chaser

First recorded in 1805–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stern chaser in a sentence

  • "I see you were just getting out a stern chaser," and he pointed to the gun.

    With Wolfe in Canada | G. A. Henty
  • The stern-chaser belched forth, and the shot tore across the water, but missed the Caroline.

  • She was a little larger than the James in length and beam, but had carried no armament other than the now damaged stern-chaser.

    The Black Buccaneer | Stephen W. Meader
  • The vessel had swung round a little, so that her stern-chaser, a culverin twelve feet long, pointed full at the fort.

  • They feared he had made up his mind to run, and this gun was to be used as a stern-chaser.

British Dictionary definitions for stern-chaser


  1. a gun mounted at the stern of a vessel for firing aft at a pursuing vessel

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