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case shot

noun
1.
a collection of small projectiles in a case, to be fired from a cannon.
Also called canister, canister shot.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75

canister

[kan-uh-ster] /ˈkæn ə stər/
noun
1.
a small box or jar, often one of a kitchen set, for holding tea, coffee, flour, and sugar.
2.
Also called canister shot. case shot.
3.
the part of a gas mask containing the neutralizing substances through which poisoned air is filtered.
Origin
1670-80; < Latin canistrum wicker basket < Greek kánastron, derivative of kánna reed (see cane), with -astron, variant of -tron suffix of instrument (probably from verbal derivatives, as stégastron covering, from stegázein to cover)
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British Dictionary definitions for canister-shot

canister

/ˈkænɪstə/
noun
1.
a container, usually made of metal, in which dry food, such as tea or coffee, is stored
2.
(formerly)
  1. a type of shrapnel shell for firing from a cannon
  2. Also called canister shot, case shot. the shot or shrapnel packed inside this
Word Origin
C17: from Latin canistrum basket woven from reeds, from Greek kanastron, from kanna reed, cane1

case shot

noun
1.
another name for canister (sense 2b)
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Word Origin and History for canister-shot
canister
late 15c., "basket," from L. canistrum "wicker basket" for bread, fruit, flowers, etc., from Gk. kanystron "basket made from reed," from kanna (see cane). It came to mean "metal receptacle" (1711) through influence of can (n.). With a sense of canister shot, it is attested from 1801.
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