Grapeshot definition

grāpshŏt
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.
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Such balls or projectiles considered as a group.
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A cluster of small iron balls, formerly fired from a cannon.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
grapeshot
Plural:
grapeshots

Origin of grapeshot

  • From its resemblance to a cluster of grapes

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • grape +‎ shot

    From Wiktionary