adjective Date: 1754 of a firearm having a barrel with an unrifled bore • smoothbore noun

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  • Smoothbore — refers to a firearm or cannon which does not have a rifled barrel. History of firearms and riflingEarly firearms had smooth barrels, and fired projectiles with no significant spin. These projectiles had to be stable shapes, such as finned arrows… …   Wikipedia

  • Smoothbore — Smooth bore , a. (Gun.) Having a bore of perfectly smooth surface; distinguished from {rifled}. n. A smoothbore firearm. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smoothbore — ☆ smoothbore [smo͞othbôr΄ ] adj. having no grooves or ridges on the inner surface of the barrel; not rifled: said of certain guns n. a smoothbore gun …   English World dictionary

  • smoothbore — Gun Gun (g[u^]n), n. [OE. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Ir., Gael., & LL. gunna, W. gum; possibly (like cannon) fr. L. canna reed, tube; or abbreviated fr. OF. mangonnel, E. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.] 1. A weapon which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smoothbore — /smoohdh bawr , bohr /, adj. 1. (of firearms) having a smooth bore; not rifled. n. 2. a smoothbore gun. [1790 1800; SMOOTH + BORE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • smoothbore — smooth•bore [[t]ˈsmuðˌbɔr, ˌboʊr[/t]] adj. 1) mil (of a firearm) having a smooth bore; not rifled 2) mil a smoothbore gun • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • smoothbore — 1. adjective having a bore with a smooth interior, ie. one that has not been rifled Syn: unrifled Ant: rifled 2. noun a …   Wiktionary

  • smoothbore — adj. smooth inside the barrel, having a barrel with no grooves or ridges (of firearms) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • smoothbore — /ˈsmuðbɔ/ (say smoohdhbaw) adjective 1. (of firearms) having a smooth bore; not rifled. –noun 2. such a firearm. {smooth + bore1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • smoothbore — I noun a firearm that has no rifling • Hypernyms: ↑firearm, ↑piece, ↑small arm II adjective of a firearm; not having rifling or internal spiral grooves inside the barrel • Syn: ↑unrifled …   Useful english dictionary

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