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  • This defect of the tension of the curve of the projectile in the rifled cannon of the sixteenth century arose from the smallness of the charge; small charges for that sort of engine are imposed by the ballistic necessities, such, for instance, as the preservation of the gun-carriage.

    Les Miserables

  • Artillery-men were pushing the piece; it was in firing trim; the fore-carriage had been detached; two upheld the gun-carriage, four were at the wheels; others followed with the caisson.

    Les Miserables

  • It seemed like the gun-carriage of an enormous cannon.

    Les Miserables

  • I no longer doubted at all the enormous possibilities of the substance, but I began to have doubts about the gun-carriage and the patent boots.

    First Men in the Moon

  • Theodore threw his shama over his head, crying bitterly, and sat down against a gun-carriage.

    Flashman on the March

  • Mosambique for three hundred years, but in this, as in all other cases, have no power further than they can see from a gun-carriage.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • The crescent moon looked bigger and bigger, and the cloud that stretched below it, shaped like a cannon in a gun-carriage, showed a faint yellow on its lower edge.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • Beside them on a wooden gun-carriage stands an unwieldy cannon captured by the Cossacks at some time or other, and which has not been fired for a hundred years.

    The Cossacks

  • His chair, supported by a carved gun-carriage, was modeled upon the ponderous proportions of

    From the Earth to the Moon

  • Among them were to be counted officers of all ranks, from lieutenants to generals; military men of every age, from those who were just making their debut in the profession of arms up to those who had grown old in the gun-carriage.

    From the Earth to the Moon

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  • The wheeled support on which a piece of ordnance is mounted.

    I love this word because the harsh forcefulness of the word "gun" paired with the quaint-sounding, beautiful "carriage" is just perfect. Like depth charge.

    October 17, 2007