from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Milit., a tube used in firing cannon, sufficient heat being generated in it by friction to ignite friction-powder.
  • n. Called friction-primer in the United States service.


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  • The friction-tube is not put into the vent until the piece is about to be fired.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • On the order being given, the marine had instantly pulled the trigger releasing the slip by which the patent buoy was suspended over the stern, whereupon it dropped into the sea below; the same mechanism igniting the port fire with which it was charged, although it was not yet dark, as the friction-tube had been put in a short while previously when the watch was relieved at Eight Bells, it being the rule on board for the gunner's mate to do this every day before sunset and take out the percussion-tube again in the morning at daybreak when the hands turned out to wash and scrub decks.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant


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