Lyle gun

noun \ˈlī(ə)l-\

Definition of Lyle gun

  1. 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. 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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