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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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