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1. A cluster of small iron balls or other small projectiles, often contained in a canvas bag, that scatter when fired from a cannon, formerly used as an antipersonnel round.
2. Such balls or projectiles considered as a group.

[From its resemblance to a cluster of grapes.]


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) ammunition for cannons consisting of a canvas tube containing a cluster of small iron or lead balls that scatter after firing



a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.
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Noun1.grapeshot - a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot
pellet, shot - a solid missile discharged from a firearm; "the shot buzzed past his ear"


[ˈgreɪpʃɒt] Nmetralla f
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A whiz and a rattle of grapeshot among the branches high above his head roused him from his dream.
Colonel," interrupted the officer of the suite, "You must be quick or the enemy will bring up his guns to use grapeshot.
Will they get there and fire the bridge or will the French get within grapeshot range and wipe them out?
said Nesvitski; "they are within grapeshot range now.
Smoke appeared again but at irregular intervals, and grapeshot cracked and rattled onto the bridge.
The French had time to fire three rounds of grapeshot before the hussars got back to their horses.
1797: Admiral Nelson was wounded in the right arm by grapeshot.
Heroes' is another much abused expression, applied with such grapeshot effect as to include anyone who does anything praiseworthy from winning the Victoria Cross to rescuing next door's cat.
Amazingly enough, during 1957, whiffs of black-fired grapeshot in North Carolina proved most effective at dispersing Klan thugs.
They want to run off to the Prime Minister and parliament at the first whiff of the grapeshot of change, at a time when the Cabinet is urging the country to pull together in the wake of oil price generated shortcomings, the need for sacrifice, spending cuts and revenue raising.
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