chain shot

chain shot
chain shot
n.
cannon shot consisting of two balls or half balls connected by a chain, formerly used in naval warfare to destroy masts, sails, etc.

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  • Chain shot — Chain Chain (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf. {Catenate}.] 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chain-shot — French chain shot In artillery, a chain shot is an obsolete type of naval ammunition formed of two sub calibre balls, or half balls, chained together. Bar shot is similar, but joined by a solid bar. They were used in naval warfare in the age of… …   Wikipedia

  • chain shot — noun : a cannon shot consisting of two balls or half balls united by a short chain and formerly used in naval warfare to cut a ship s rigging; also : a discharge of such shot * * * cannon shot consisting of two balls or half balls connected by a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chain shot — /ˈtʃeɪn ʃɒt/ (say chayn shot) noun Gunnery (formerly) a shot consisting of two balls or half balls connected by a short chain …  

  • chain shot — 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. [1575 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • chain shot — noun historical pairs of cannonballs or half balls joined by a chain, fired from cannons in sea battles …   English new terms dictionary

  • chain-shot — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chain — (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf. {Catenate}.] 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chain belt — Chain Chain (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf. {Catenate}.] 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chain boat — Chain Chain (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf. {Catenate}.] 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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