a cluster of small iron balls, formerly fired from a cannon
- A cluster of small iron balls or other small projectiles, often contained in a canvas bag, that scatter when fired from a cannon, formerly used as an antipersonnel round.
- Such balls or projectiles considered as a group.
Origin of grapeshotFrom its resemblance to a cluster of grapes
(usually uncountable, plural grapeshot or grapeshots)
- A cluster, usually nine in number, of small iron balls, put together by means of cast-iron circular plates at top and bottom, with two rings, and a central connecting rod, in order to be used as a charge for a cannon. Formerly grapeshot were inclosed in canvas bags.