bar shot


Definition of bar shot

  1. :  a cannon shot consisting of two spheres or hemispheres united by a bar and formerly used in naval warfare It should also be noted that bar shot was effectively employed against the rigging and sails of enemy ships only at close range, as this type of artillery projectile was quite inaccurate because the round spun once it had been fired. — Douglas R. Cubbison, The American Northern Theater Army in 1776, 2010; also :  a discharge of such shot

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!


First Known Use of bar shot


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bar shot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!