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n.1.(Mil.) A form of seacoast cannon; a long, chambered gun designed for throwing shot or shells with heavy charges of powder, at high angles of elevation.
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Second, that the gun should be a Columbiad cast in iron, 900 feet long, and run perpendicularly into the earth.
It was on this spot, after stupendous labor, that the Columbiad was cast with full success.
the detonation produced by the Columbiad, had the immediate effect of troubling the terrestrial atmosphere, by accumulating a large quantity of vapor, a phenomenon which excited universal indignation, for the moon was hidden from the eyes of the watchers for several nights.
the projectile launched by the Columbiad of Stones Hill had been detected by Messrs.
Maston had seen, or thought he saw, could not have been the projectile of the Columbiad.
The Rodman Columbiad threw a shot weighing half a ton a distance of six miles, with a velocity of 800 yards per second-- a result which Armstrong and Palisser have never obtained in England.
After fierce lobbying (and ample name-calling) from residents of Texas and Florida, Barbicane selects Tampa Town, Florida, as the project's base of operations Soon the artillerymen construct a 900-foot-long cannon, called Columbiad, and load it with a mountain of explosives.
In his autobiography, Man from Babel, Jolas describes his life as "a long pilgrimage through language, a journey of exploration through the titanic forest of words, many thousands of words, a columbiad through the empires of three languages," German, French, and English (1998, 65).
Liu's Cannon of Earth reminds the reader of Jules Verne's novel From the Earth to the Moon (1865), in which people build an enormous sky-facing Columbiad space gun and launch three people in a projectile with the goal of landing them on the moon.
Examines how "contemporary political upheavals" were instrumental in forming the ideas that generated three major epic poems--Robert Southey's Madoc (1805), Joel Barlow's Columbiad (1807), and Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1855).
He continued to work on another epic poem which would be published in 1807 as The Columbiad.
The primary drama of the poem is centered in the consciousness of the speaker rather than in externalized actions, as in the classical genres, and it continues an already developed tradition of epics of the 1790s that reject a masculinist militarism as integral to a definition of national identity, such as Landor's Gebir and Barlow's Columbiad (Kelly 40-43; Curran 168-70), but it shares with the romance a limited scope of events, an overtly Christian ideology, and an idealized, Christianized concept of self-realization.
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