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- n. a very short carriage gun used to fire a heavy shot for a limited range
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of short cannon, formerly in use, designed to throw a large projectile with small velocity, used for the purpose of breaking or smashing in, rather than piercing, the object aimed at, as the side of a ship. It has no trunnions, but is supported on its carriage by a bolt passing through a loop on its under side.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short piece of ordnance having a large caliber and a chamber for the powder, like a mortar.
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