canister shot
Canister Can"is*ter (k[a^]n"[i^]s*t[~e]r), n. [L. canistrum a basket woven from reeds Gr. ?, fr. ka`nh, ka`nna reed; cf. F. canistre. See {Cane}, and {Canaster}.] 1. A small basket of rushes, reeds, or willow twigs, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. A small box or case for holding tea, coffee, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) A kind of case shot for cannon, in which a number of lead or iron balls in layers are inclosed in a case fitting the gun; -- called also {canister shot}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Canister shot — (or case shot) was a kind of anti personnel ammunition used in cannons. It was similar to grapeshot in which the canister round s effect is similar to that of a giant shotgun shell. Canister shot has been used since the advent of gunpowder firing …   Wikipedia

  • canister shot — noun a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm • Syn: ↑case shot, ↑canister • Hypernyms: ↑ammunition, ↑ammo • Part Meronyms: ↑shot, ↑pellet * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • canister shot — noun An anti personnel ammunition consisting of a cylindrical canister filled with round lead or iron balls …   Wiktionary

  • Canister — Can is*ter (k[a^]n [i^]s*t[ e]r), n. [L. canistrum a basket woven from reeds Gr. ?, fr. ka nh, ka nna reed; cf. F. canistre. See {Cane}, and {Canaster}.] 1. A small basket of rushes, reeds, or willow twigs, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A small box or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canister — [kan′is tər] n. [ME < L canistrum, wicker basket < Gr kanastron < kanna, a reed: see CANE] 1. a small box or can for coffee, tea, tobacco, etc. 2. a boxlike vacuum cleaner 3. Historical lead or iron shot in a container that scattered its …   English World dictionary

  • canister — late 15c., basket, from L. canistrum wicker basket for bread, fruit, flowers, etc., from Gk. kanystron basket made from reed, from kanna (see CANE (Cf. cane)). It came to mean metal receptacle (1711) through influence of can (n.). With a sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • Canister — The term canister (sometimes mis spelled sic|cannister) comes from Latin (canistrum = basket) or Greek (kanastron = wicker basket). It means: * Originally, from kanna reedcan, a basket of woven reeds * Now commonly, any container that is roughly… …   Wikipedia

  • canister — /kan euh steuhr/, n. 1. a small box or jar, often one of a kitchen set, for holding tea, coffee, flour, and sugar. 2. Also called canister shot. See case shot. 3. the part of a gas mask containing the neutralizing substances through which… …   Universalium

  • canister — /ˈkænəstə / (say kanuhstuh) noun 1. a small box, usually of metal, for holding tea, coffee, etc. 2. Also, canister shot. case shot. {Latin canistrum, from Greek kanastron wicker basket} …   Australian English dictionary

  • canister — also cannister noun Etymology: Latin canistrum basket, from Greek kanastron wicker basket, from kanna reed more at cane Date: 1692 1. an often cylindrical container for holding a usually specified object or substance < a film canister > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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