Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gun pointed over the bow of a ship of war, for firing at a chased vessel.
- n. One of a pair of long guns mounted forward in the bow of a sailing warship to fire directly ahead; used when chasing an enemy to shoot away her sails and rigging
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) a gun in the bow for firing while chasing another vessel.
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