American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A breechloading rifle introduced into the French army in 1866.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The breech-loading rifle officially introduced into the French army in 1866-68.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) A kind of breechloading, center-fire rifle, or improved needle gun.
- Surname of the French inventor. (Wiktionary)
- French, after Antoine Alphonse Chassepot (1833-1905), French gunsmith. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The carnage that repelled the Chancellor was due in part to the French infantry rifle, the chassepot, which proved to be a more effective instrument of destruction than the Prussian needle-gun.”
“As armies adopted infantry weapons like the breech-loading Dreyse needle gun and the French chassepot, whose range and rate of fire greatly exceeded those of previous models, casualties in the field increased in number.”
“He had been struck by a chassepot conical rifle bullet in the chest; and the ball, after breaking two of his ribs and slightly grazing the lungs, had lodged near the spine, where it yet remained, the wounded man being too prostrate for an operation to be performed for its extraction, although all the while it was intensifying the pain and adding to the feverish symptoms of the patient.”
“It was at this moment that Hermann his comrade had been struck down by a chassepot ball, winging its murderous mission from some unknown point; and when Fritz had sat down by the side of the body, covering over the face of the dead man, he did not seem to feel any desire to live or even to rise up again, he was so utterly powerless and lacking in energy.”
“Sadowa and '66 were child's play to this here, with the fire of the chassepot and that infernal mitrailleuse!”
“Since the chassepot has succeeded in reducing the Kabyles once more to a superficial obedience, the courts have been busy with the sentences of their insubordinate leaders.”
“He longed to fire, to use the thin sharp bayonet on his chassepot.”
“Here and there a rifleman stood, his chassepot resting on the iron railing, his face turned towards the woods.”
“And now Von Steyr had a weapon in his hands -- not a carbine, but a long chassepot-rifle, a relic of the despoiled franc-tireur, dangling from the oak-tree.”
“Pacification, and acceptin 'the surrender of arms -- any date of manufacture you like between the _chassepot_ of 1870 and the leather-breeched firelock of Oliver Cromwell's time.”
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