Lyle gun

noun

ˈlī(ə)l-
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

Word History

Etymology

after David A. Lyle †1937 American officer, U.S. Army, its inventor

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“Lyle gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lyle%20gun. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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