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.

    Le Colonel Chabert

  • 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”.

    January « 2005 « I HEART BACON

  • George occupied the breach, and as he waved his arms and shouted, a four-pounder, leaping high, struck him on the forehead.

    My Tropic Isle

  • 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.

    Sharpe's Enemy

  • First they had brought the small four-pounder as close to the British as safety allowed.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • 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.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • It was probably a small four-pounder, so why only one?

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • Jack fell asleep on the carriage of a four-pounder, like Marshal

    Willis the Pilot

  • "Just so; he is there, I see him distinctly; he is recharging our four-pounder."

    Willis the Pilot

  • 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

    Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Performed between the years 1818 and 1822 — Volume 1


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