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- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a gun in the bow for firing while chasing another vessel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gun pointed over the bow of a ship of war, for firing at a chased vessel.
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