grape·​shot | \ ˈgrāp-ˌshät How to pronounce grapeshot (audio) \

Definition of grapeshot

: an antipersonnel weapon consisting of a cluster of small iron balls shot from a cannon

Examples of grapeshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But while Laurens’ troops set up their howitzer artillery, a large-caliber cannon with a short barrel built to fire clusters of grapeshot, the British spotted them, according to a SCBPT statement. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Pinpoint the South Carolina Battlefield Where Patriot John Laurens Died," 21 Aug. 2020 This hint to elevate the breeches of their guns was acted on and a volley of grapeshot fired into Captain Taylor’s boat, defeated his bold plan of capture, and wounded him for life. Nancy Stearns Theiss, The Courier-Journal, "Zachary Taylor's family roots run deep in Kentucky | Oldham history," 23 Dec. 2017 Early in the war, his left arm was shattered by grapeshot and amputated, but that didn't stop him, as Sears relates. Patrick T. Reardon,, "'Lincoln's Lieutenants' a masterful look at courage and gutlessness in Civil War," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of grapeshot

1745, in the meaning defined above

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“Grapeshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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