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minute gun

[min-it] /ˈmɪn ɪt/
a cannon fired at intervals of a minute, especially as a signal of distress or in a military funeral ceremony.
Origin of minute gun
1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • All yesterday the minute-gun was booming through the fog to warn ships off the rocks—such a strangely solemn sound.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • It was a minute-gun, fired by the Americans in honour of their fallen foe, the gallant dead.

  • His questions had come in gasps, like short breakers out of a rising sea; her answers had fallen like the minute-gun above it.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for minute-gun

minute gun

a gun fired at one-minute intervals as a sign of distress or mourning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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