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smoothbore

[smooth -bawr, -bohr] /ˈsmuðˌbɔr, -ˌboʊr/
adjective
1.
(of firearms) having a smooth, bore; not rifled.
noun
2.
a smoothbore gun.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; smooth + bore1
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Examples from the web for smoothbore
  • About half of these were rifled iron pieces, all but four of the others were smoothbore bronze guns.
  • Good smoothbore crews could fire two aimed shots per minute with fixed ammunition.
  • However, the explorers toted the finest firearms available, both rifles and smoothbore muskets.
  • Restrictions on the use of smoothbore muzzleloaders for hunting small game and waterfowl are the same as those for shotguns.
  • The mix of rifles and smoothbore shell guns offered capabilities against a range of targets.
British Dictionary definitions for smoothbore

smoothbore

/ˈsmuːðˌbɔː/
noun
1.
(modifier) (of a firearm) having an unrifled bore: a smoothbore musket
2.
such a firearm
Derived Forms
smoothbored, adjective
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