Whitworth-gun definition

A form of rifled cannon and small arms. The bore has a polygonal section, and the twist is rapid. The ball, which is pointed in front, is made to fit the bore accurately, and is very much elongated, its length being about three-and-a-half times its diameter.

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Noun

Singular:
whitworth-gun
Plural:
whitworth-guns

Origin of whitworth-gun

  • Invented by Sir Joseph Whitworth of Manchester, England.

    From Wiktionary