Meaning of angel-shot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeɪn(d)ʒ(ə)lʃɒt/


historical, rare
  • Cannon shot consisting of pairs of cannonball halves joined together by a chain, which is fired as a single ball that splits apart during flight, formerly used in naval warfare to damage masts, rigging, etc.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Nathan Bailey (d. 1742), lexicographer and schoolmaster. From angel + shot. So called with reference to the wing-like appearance of the segments on each side of the chain in its flight through the air.