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
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of round shot in:
- The US English dictionary