from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lays or aims a gun; gun-pointer.
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Now all depended on whether the gun-layer had judged the elevation right.
The safety of the aviator under these circumstances depends upon his maintaining an altitude exceeding the range of the guns below, the most powerful of which have a range of 8,000 to 10,000 feet, or on speed combined with rapid twisting and turning, or erratic undulating flight, rendering it extremely difficult for the gun-layer to follow his path with sufficient celerity to ensure accurate firing.
At any rate, under the lash of his tongue, the gun's crew soon got into action, the gun-layer taking charge.
In the midst of his torrent of abuse directed upon the luckless gun-layer, Kapitan Schwalbe suddenly stopped.
I was interested in watching the gun-layer as he readjusted the dragon mouth.