noun[mass noun] historical
Ammunition consisting of a number of small iron balls fired together from a cannon.
- The latter succeeded, but the main attack failed as Jackson's artillery fired grapeshot and canister shot into the advancing British line.
- Closer in, guns fired grapeshot - bunches of shot about the size of snooker balls - and then case-shot - a tin container filled with musket balls.
- From the left side of the column the entire forest opened up in fire and smoke, six pound cannons pouring grapeshot into the Loyalist ranks.
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