from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a cannon that throws a 4-pound shot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cannon carrying a ball of the weight of 4 pounds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an artillery gun that throws a shot weighing four pounds
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“What do you want, sir?” asked Godeschal, swallowing as he spoke a mouthful of bread big enough to charge a four-pounder, flourishing his knife and crossing his legs, throwing up one foot in the air to the level of his eyes.
Everyone was told to take home several boxes and Zach took a gigantic four-pounder in gold gift wrap that was embossed “The Gift of Elegance”.
George occupied the breach, and as he waved his arms and shouted, a four-pounder, leaping high, struck him on the forehead.
The Spaniards had built earthern ramparts that faced the valley, and behind the ramparts were two of the four-pounder guns that dominated the steep slope of the hill to the north.
First they had brought the small four-pounder as close to the British as safety allowed.
Sharpe had seen the four-pounder fire, watched the horsemen cut down in a bloody swathe, then he had turned to the Chasseurs attacking his own formation.
It was probably a small four-pounder, so why only one?
Jack fell asleep on the carriage of a four-pounder, like Marshal
"Just so; he is there, I see him distinctly; he is recharging our four-pounder."
On the beach were the remains of several huts; but they did not appear to have been recently occupied: in order however to avoid surprise or loss, the stores and provisions that had been landed in the evening were placed at a distance from the grass and trees and covered over with a sail: near this pile our four-pounder was planted, loaded with musket balls, ready to be fired at