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chain shot

cannon shot consisting of two balls or half balls connected by a short chain, formerly used in naval artillery to destroy the masts and sails of enemy ships.
Origin of chain shot
1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • chain shot was two round shot linked by a length of chain.
British Dictionary definitions for chain shot

chain shot

cannon shot comprising two balls or half balls joined by a chain, much used formerly, esp in naval warfare to destroy rigging
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