1A 16th- or 17th- century cannon with a relatively long barrel for its bore, typically about 10 to 13 feet long.
More example sentences
- And whereas the Spanish had only 21 culverins (long-range iron guns), the English had 153; whereas the Spanish had 151 demi-culverins, the English had 344.
- A falcon shot a 2-to 3-pound projectile; a culverin fired a 15-to 22-pound projectile.
- In view of the range he ascribes to the culverin, some remarks on gun performances are in order.
late 15th century (sense 2): from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre 'snake', based on Latin colubra.
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