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  • n. langrage

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A particular kind of projectile formerly used at sea for tearing sails and rigging, and thus disabling an enemy's ship. It consisted of bolts, nails, and other pieces of iron fastened together.

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Examples

  • Then the canister, which produced ghastly murder, chain-shot to bring down masts and spars, langrel to fire at masts and rigging, and the dismantling shot to tear off sails, were all made ready.

    No Defense, Volume 2.

  • The canister, chain-shot, and langrel of the French foe had caused much injury to the Ariadne, and her canvas was in a sore plight.

    No Defense, Volume 2.

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  • Also see langrage.

    March 25, 2011

  • ~ 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.

    January 18, 2009

  • "Langrel, a particular kind of shot, formed of bolts, nails, bars, or other pieces of iron tied together, and forming a sort of cylinder, which corresponds with the bore of the cannon, from which it is discharged, in order to wound or carry away the masts, or tear the sails and rigging of the adversary, so as to disable him from flight or pursuit. It is seldom used but by privateers and merchantmen."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 214

    October 12, 2008