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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 of smoothbore
1790-1800
1790-1800; smooth + bore2
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  • At noon he stood upon a boulder, and read to his followers the summons to surrender he had dispatched to smoothbore.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • But the rifle had to be served more carefully than the smoothbore.

  • I heard them talking about grafts, and I heard complaints about smoothbore—who ever that may be.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • Just inside these casemates are two 15-inch smoothbore Rodman guns.

  • smoothbore seems to take them seriously, and I think Herbert is coming to think the same way.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • To smoothbore this was not evidence of any abandonment of the conspiracy.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • On the morning of the Friday when the ultimatum was to be sent to smoothbore, Peel returned to the hospital from the town.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • smoothbore was left to his recollections and general musings.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • smoothbore's trooper was a youth of ideas—a good type of the fine force.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • The smoothbore Columbiads could penetrate only 13 inches, while from this range the ponderous mortars could hardly hit the fort.

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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