Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gun the projectile force of which is derived from the expansion of steam issuing through the shotted tube.

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Examples

  • Winans steam-gun, with a pair of Dahlgren howitzers for side arms!

    Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive

  • As he took the steam-gun, so he now takes what might become the stoker of the steam part of that machine and the aimer of its gun part.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • It is really a steam-gun, rather than a steam-engine, and it is not unlikely that the study of the action of gunpowder may have suggested it to Leonardo.

    A History of Science: in Five Volumes. Volume II: The Beginnings of Modern Science

  • The merits of the steam-gun are thus summed up by its inventor, Mr. Dickinson: — As

    Steam-Battery

  • Even Perkins's steam-gun was an old invention revived by Leonardo da Vinci and by him attributed to Archimedes.

    Industrial Biography

  • If he will take the trouble to look about him, he may find a greater number of confirmations of the fact in the occurrences of any single day, than the steam-gun can discharge balls in a minute.

    Martin Chuzzlewit

  • His hands were in his coat pockets, his body bent a little forward, his head and neck outstretched a little beyond it, his eyes almost starting from the sockets, and certainly the most prominent feature in his face: his teeth firmly clinched on his beloved pipe, and his lips expelling a multitude of little clouds so vigorously that one might have taken him for a sort of self-acting intelligent steam-gun that had resolved utterly to annihilate Kate and Harry at short range in the course of two minutes.

    The Young Fur Traders

  • a little beyond it, his eyes almost starting from the sockets, and certainly the most prominent feature in his face; his teeth firmly clinched on his beloved pipe, and his lips expelling a multitude of little clouds so vigorously that one might have taken him for a sort of self-acting intelligent steam-gun that had resolved utterly to annihilate Kate and Harry at short range in the course of two minutes.

    The Young Fur Traders

  • Perkins's steam-gun was an old invention revived by Leonardo da Vinci and by him attributed to Archimedes. [

    Industrial Biography, Iron Workers and Tool Makers

  • I have read lately of his successful exhibition of his wonderful steam-gun, in the presence of the Duke of Wellington and other competent judges of the experiment, and know not what national prejudice, perhaps, or other casual reason, prevented its adoption. [

    Old New England Traits

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