One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pairs of cannonballs or half balls joined by a chain, fired from cannons in sea battles in order to damage masts and rigging.
- ‘If you read back in the history, you find that they fired all kinds of things out of the cannons: not only round shot, but also chain shot, bar shot, grape shot.’
- ‘Using the manual option allows you to attempt to disable the enemy boat's sails with chain shot, destroy the boat's hull with cannonballs, or kill off the crew with grapeshot.’
- ‘Beset by whirring chain shot, the Swedes did not wait for the imperial army to complete its deployment, and mounted a hasty attack on the enemy's left, catching them in disarray and putting them to flight almost at once.’
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