Definitions

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  • n. A short piece of chambered ordnance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A term formerly applied to a short piece of chambered ordnance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of ordnance formerly used for discharging stones, fragments of iron, etc., and also for firing salutes.

Etymologies

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Spanish pedrero.

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  • "... a small piece of ordnance formerly used on board some foreign ships, for the discharging of nails, broken iron, or partridge shot, on an enemy attempting to board. It is generally open at the breach, and the chamber made to take out to be loaded that way, instead of at the muzzle. This species of ordnance is managed by a swivel, and was formerly much in use against the Spaniards."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 340

    October 11, 2008