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grape·shot

 (grāp′shŏt′)
n.
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.]
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grapeshot

(ˈɡreɪpˌʃɒt)
n
(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
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grape•shot

(ˈgreɪpˌʃɒt)

n.
a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.
[1740–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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Translations

grapeshot

[ˈgreɪpʃɒt] Nmetralla f
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"Oh, if they ran away, then we'd have grape-shot or Cossacks with whips behind them," said the prince.
A cool Frenchman managed the gun; he stopped till the Indians approached close, and then raked their line with grape-shot: he thus laid thirty-nine of them on the ground; and, of course, such a blow immediately routed the whole party.
"It is certain sure that only a man who had had imagination enough to make a mysterious compact would be capable of going further than anybody else, and of passing through volleys of grape-shot and showers of bullets which carried us off like flies, but which had a respect for his head.