Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gun used in mountain batteries, made to be taken apart in two sections for ease in transport, and screwed together again when in use.

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Examples

  • As the storks flew northward the Negroes were marching southwarda long, dusty column, infantry, screw-gun batteries and then more infantry, four or five thousand men in all, winding up the road with a clumping of boots and a clatter of iron wheels.

    Marrakech

  • As the storks flew northward the Negroes were marching southward — a long, dusty column, infantry, screw-gun batteries and then more infantry, four or five thousand men in all, winding up the road with a clumping of boots and a clatter of iron wheels.

    Collected Essays

  • When a battery -- a screw-gun mule calls gun-bullocks gentlemen, he must be very badly shaken up.

    The Jungle Book

  • Five years before, a chance-hurled shell from a screw-gun battery had dashed earth in the face of the Mullah, then urging a rush of Ghazis against half a dozen British bayonets.

    Life's Handicap

  • "Do you gentlemen of the screw-gun battery feel inclined to eat when you are being fired at with big guns, and Two Tails is behind you?"

    The Jungle Book.

  • When a battery -- a screw-gun mule calls gun-bullock gentlemen, he must be very badly shaken up.

    The Jungle Book.

  • He belonged to a screw-gun battery, for I could hear the rattle of the straps and rings and chains and things on his saddle-pad.

    The Jungle Book.

  • "I used to go from the Bank to Islington three times a day -- I mean," he added hurriedly, "before I became a screw -- I should say, a screw-gun horse."

    Condensed Novels: New Burlesques

  • a screw-gun battery, for I could hear the rattle of the straps and rings and chains and things on his saddle pad.

    The Jungle Book

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