Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short piece of ordnance having a large caliber and a chamber for the powder, like a mortar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) 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.
“A shell from a short cannon known as a carronade landed close behind Joyful.”
“The carronade was a pot of a gun, not a long, elegant and accurate cannon, but a squat cauldron to be charged with powder and metal scraps that flayed out like buckshot.”
“A carronade is a short cannon of large calibre, but of very short range.”
“And the challenges arrived: Stories with titles like “She Killed Me Twice”, “The Brain That Exploded”, “The Pachyderm Wore Pink” and “Single White Fee Male” with words like ranunculus, vaginate and carronade. 300 stories later, here for the first time in print are 180 of the best.”
“He slews all out of gear, like a carronade with rotten lashings.”
“Montmorin knew what was coming, but just then the forward carronade sent a shattering cask of musket balls into the Revenant's belly and belched a pall of smoke above the ship.”
“A ball clanged off Clouter's empty carronade and struck a man in the thigh.”
“The Frenchmen had been snatching boarding pikes from their racks about the mainmast, while others held axes or cutlasses, but one carronade forward and one aft provided a tangling crossfire that destroyed the boarding party.”
“Her forecastle was crowded with men armed with cutlasses and boarding pikes, but the remaining starboard carronade on Chase's quarterdeck ripped them away.”
“A fountain spewed up on the starboard side, spattering one of the carronade crews.”
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