Whitworth gun


Related to Whitworth gun: Joseph Whitworth

Whit´worth gun`


1.(Gun.) A form of rifled cannon and small arms invented by Sir Joseph Whitworth, of Manchester, England.
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Huxley's metaphor of war and his nickname of 'the General', and his Whitworth gun of argument, reflected his alliance with the newly powerful professionals; it was money from Armstrong's armaments works that flowed in to support his works.
Yet when the publication of the Origin left Darwin a vomiting invalid, it was Huxley and his circle who defended the book to the scientists and public as the Whitworth gun of the Liberal arsenal (Huxley's battle imagery is ubiquitous).