smooth·​bore | \ ˈsmüt͟h-ˈbȯr How to pronounce smoothbore (audio) \

Definition of smoothbore

of a firearm
: having a barrel with an unrifled bore

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smoothbore \ ˈsmüt͟h-​ˌbȯr How to pronounce smoothbore (audio) \ noun

Examples of smoothbore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Applicants for a firearm’s license must pass psychological exams and own a smoothbore shotgun for a trial period before obtaining a rifle. New York Times, 11 May 2021 Shorter is better in this case, and given the relatively short effective range of a smoothbore barrel, there are no appreciable benefits to going long. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, 18 Sep. 2020 Its effective range through a smoothbore barrel is about 100 yards, and accuracy is surprisingly good. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of smoothbore

1754, in the meaning defined above

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“Smoothbore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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