from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Nautical, a rope used to lash the muzzle of a gun to the upper part of a port when housed.
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If preferred, this mode of dismounting may be adopted by substituting the muzzle-lashing for the toggle-block of the griolet, and toggling the runner-block in the hole made in the deck for the breech-purchase of the griolet.
Guns on covered decks may also be dismounted by means of a muzzle-lashing, the runner and the train-tackles, assisted by the handspikes.
It will be an additional security to take off the rear trucks, and to tighten the muzzle-lashing by raising the breech.
On lower deck casts off port-lanyards and muzzle-lashing; removes port-bar and passes it to the men at the left side of the gun, who lay it amidships; bears out port.