from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A type of shot consisting of scrap iron loaded into a case and formerly used in naval warfare to damage sails and rigging.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Scraps of metal used to fire at an enemy in naval warfare.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of shot formerly used at sea for tearing sails and rigging. It consisted of bolts, nails, and other pieces of iron fastened together or inclosed in a canister.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as langrel.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)