Definition of Lyle gun
1 : a mounted gun that resembles a small brass cannon and is used to fire a projectile attached to a line of rope to an extreme range of about 700 yards in rescue operations at sea
2 : a firing device that resembles a short shotgun and is used to propel a weight attached to a line of rope in rescue operations at sea or on land (as in firefighting) —called also line-throwing gun
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Origin and Etymology of lyle gun
after David A. Lyle †1937 American officer, U.S. Army, its inventor
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