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  • n. Plural form of tompion.

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Examples

  • It was raining heavily all the forenoon, so we had not removed what is called the tompions (to my unprofessional reader I may say that the tompion is a very large piece of wood made to fit into the muzzle, for the purpose of preventing wet from penetrating).

    Sketches From My Life

  • The mortars were capped with tompions, but Sharpe guessed they threw a shell about a foot across and, because the flash of their firing would blast up into the air to lob the bombs in a high arc, the forward stays of the Zebra were not made of hemp, but of thick chain.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • "Couldn't even get the tompions out of his guns," as he explained the matter to the Doctor that evening.

    Beyond the City

  • Colonel was here, these black muzzles with their white tompions, like

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

  • The tompions was taken out; the sponge, rammer, crows and handspikes placed in readiness, and all awaited eagerly the word for the action to begin.

    In Clive's Command A Story of the Fight for India

  • POWDER-SCUTTLES, careful men to be selected for attending 1; 18; 85 directions as to use of, in passing cartridges 1; 41; 181-189 position of, on each deck 1; 43; 190-192 to be provided with water-tight tompions 1; 43; 191 flap-holes in magazine screens to be provided for 1; 43; 193 when guns of the same calibre on different decks may be supplied from the same 1; 43; 194

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • No tompions are to be put into the guns when they are stowed unless expressly directed by the Bureau; if so ordered, a score must be cut out from them on the lower side, half an inch wide and equally deep.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • (Army Regulations 292.) _Is the use of tompions [17] in small arms permitted?

    Manual of Military Training Second, Revised Edition

  • The muzzles of the great guns were stopped by tompions.

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 1 (of 2)

  • No idea that the Englishman had any hostile designs seems to have occurred to Commodore Barren; but some of the younger officers noticed that the ports of the "Leopard" were triced up, and the tompions taken out of the muzzles of the cannon.

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 1 (of 2)

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