from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The discharge of a musket; a bullet from a musket: as, he was killed by a musket-shot.
  • n. The range or reach of a musket.
  • n. A musket-ball.


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  • Irishman William Beatty was the surgeon on HMS Victory, and on the day of the Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) recorded treating scores of sailors and soldiers, stitching and amputating limbs half torn off by flying splinters of wood, or musket-shot wounds from the French sharpshooters.

    Amputations, acid gargles and ammonia rubs: Royal Navy surgeons' 1793-1880 journals revealed

  • He does not mention that the surgeon from a smaller ship not directly involved in the battle rowed over to help, nor does he mention one particular musket-shot victim: Admiral Lord Nelson, who would survive his grievous injuries just long enough to learn that the battle was won.

    Amputations, acid gargles and ammonia rubs: Royal Navy surgeons' 1793-1880 journals revealed

  • As the commandant reported to Governor Duquesne, the runner added “that M. de Jumonville was killed by a musket-shot in the head, whilst they were reading the summons; and that the English would afterwards have killed all our men, had not the Indians who were present, by rushing between them and the English, prevented their design.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • The little buckskin man, Nestor, knowing the ground, had guessed precisely where my flight must end, and while the soldiers had neatly ambushed the main body of my pursuers, that buckskin angel had just been in time to deal with the vanguard-one musket-shot, and then his knife and hatchet against three Bronco braves; God forbid, I remember thinking, that I should ever get on his wrong side.


  • As soon as this mob got within musket-shot they opened fire on the Indians, who ran down the other face of the ridge without making the slightest resistance.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • So having got through the reef, in they ran with a fair breeze, the caravel not being now a musket-shot off.

    Westward Ho!

  • They were now within musket-shot, and opened fire from their bow-guns; but, owing to the chopping sea, their aim was wild.

    Westward Ho!

  • Jeanie found with pleasure that it was not above a musket-shot from the Manse; for it had been a bar to her happiness to think she might be obliged to reside at a distance from her father, and she was aware that there were strong objections to his actually living in the same house with Butler.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • There were others who had received musket-shot wounds during the election, and numbers of broken heads, and wounds from knives.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Marquis de Portes, from a musket-shot through the head.



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