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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gun or cannon mounted on the stern of a ship for firing at a pursuing vessel.

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  • n. A gun or cannon mounted on the stern of a ship for firing at a pursuing vessel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a cannon placed in a ship's stern, pointing backward, and intended to annoy a ship that is in pursuit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a naval gun able to fire astern at a ship in chase

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