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or langridge

[lang-grij] /ˈlæŋ grɪdʒ/
a kind of shot consisting of bolts, nails, etc., fastened together or enclosed in a case, formerly used for damaging sails and rigging in sea battles.
Origin of langrage
1760-70; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Once more Long Tom was fired, loaded with langrage, which swept with fearful effect across the deck of the corvette.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • The guns that were below had on each of them a hundred musket-balls and fifty langrage nails.

  • Our guns loaded with langrage commit great havoc among them.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
  • Meantime, Nelson received a severe wound on the head from a piece of langrage shot.

  • The bow-gun in the boat was in return pointed up and loaded to the muzzle with musket balls and all sorts of langrage.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • The two other boats boarded on the starboard side, amid a hot fire of langrage of all sorts poured down upon them.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Our guns, loaded with langrage, sent forth a deadly shower among the pirate crew.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • Only two; Spearling has lost his thumb with a piece of langrage, and James has a bad wound in the thigh.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Bullets, round-shot, and langrage were flying thickly around.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • Burrel, langrage, and other irregular substitutes, may be included under the term.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for langrage


shot consisting of scrap iron packed into a case, formerly used in naval warfare
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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