noun[mass noun] historical
Ammunition in the form of cast-iron or steel spherical balls for firing from cannon: most of the roof had been removed by round shot [count noun]: the crash of a round shot
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- 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.
- At Zhoushan the naval commander, in his barrage covering the landing, used round shot instead of grape or canister, in order to minimize Chinese casualties.
- Cannon were the most difficult component to produce in the colonies, but the United States produced simple iron smoothbore tubes and round shot as early as 1777.
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