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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A device for determining the strength of gunpowder.
  • n. A small cannon or musket suspended horizontally in a swinging frame furnished with a fixed arc, properly graduated, and a movable pointer, for ascertaining the angular distance through which the gun oscillates in its recoil.

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  • "A device for determining the strength of gunpowder. It consists of a box filled with sand-bags, suspended so as to swing freely on receiving the impact of a ball fired from a gun or cannon. See ballistic pendulum, under ballistic."

    --CD&C

    February 4, 2013