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shot tower

n.
A tower formerly used for making shot for firearms, at the top of which molten lead was poured through a sieve and allowed to fall into a vat of water at the bottom.

shot tower

n
(Military) a building formerly used in the production of shot, in which molten lead was graded and dropped from a great height into water, thus cooling it and forming the shot
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Noun1.shot tower - tower of a kind once used to make shot; molten lead was poured through a sieve and dropped into water
tower - a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
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Using shot for money was a good thing for the government; the metal cost nothing, and the money couldn't be counterfeited, for I was the only person in the kingdom who knew how to manage a shot tower. "Paying the shot" soon came to be a common phrase.
After dining at Rio Ferdinand's King Street restaurant Rosso the pals moved on to celeb haunt Neighbourhood in Spinningfields, where onlookers say shot towers and PS500 magnums of Champagne were served to their table.
The modem method of using shot towers to form shot is reported to have occurred in a dream in 1782.