from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ordnance, a shell adapted for firing from a rifled cannon.
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It displayed at the end of the ball the copper capsule of a rifle-shell.
"There is but one kind of missile which produces such a terrible wound -- the percussion rifle-shell, perfected years ago by an army officer in India, and since then introduced into every part of the globe.