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stern chaser

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

First recorded in 1805–15
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Historical Examples

  • Cast loose the stern-chaser and fire her at yon varlet if he makes a move.

    The Lady and the Pirate

    Emerson Hough

  • 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.

  • The stern-chaser belched forth, and the shot tore across the water, but missed the Caroline.

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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