• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ball-cartridge a cartridge containing both powder and ball (Ball and Cartridge)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bal, Scand. böllr; cog. with Old High Ger. ballo, pallo.


In literature:

You don't put a cartridge ball first into the muzzle of a gun.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
I expect to find that we have very little more ball-cartridge.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
Mrs. Mueller, Mrs. Dunn and I worked a large share of that day making cartridges of these, or balls.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Three hails did not check them, and they came on in spite of a blank cartridge and a wide ball, to turn them back.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
The Municipal Guard are supplied with ball-cartridges.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
An' I'll hev cartridges an' powder an' ball for ye' an' some victuals ready, too.
"Wolf's Head" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Then he loaded the gun with ball cartridge, and put half a dozen in his pocket.
"Messenger No. 48" by James Otis
Forty rounds of ball cartridges and two days' work!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
Some time ago we stored some cases of ball cartridges there.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
But a soldier must be clad even to sixty rounds of ball cartridge.
"The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915" by Basil L. Gildersleeve
Women and children are pouring musket balls and making cartridges.
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
A cartridge, a ball, and some turf.
"The Invasion of France in 1814" by Émile Erckmann
Moreover, with the exception of the Bersaglieri regiments, which had ten rounds of ball cartridge each, no ammunition whatever had been supplied.
"George Alfred Henty" by George Manville Fenn
We loaded with ball cartridge, and stood by for whatever might happen.
"O'er Many Lands, on Many Seas" by Gordon Stables
Load with ball cartridge, and get our two little guns ready and loaded with grape.
"Annie o' the Banks o' Dee" by Gordon Stables
Each man carried his rifle and ball cartridge to protect himself if necessary.
"Life in an Indian Outpost" by Gordon Casserly
Each man had fifty rounds of ball cartridge.
"My Experiences in Manipur and the Naga Hills" by James Johnstone
They're firing ball cartridge, not blank.
"Mr. Punch on the Warpath" by Various
The infantry was armed with flintlock muskets and paper cartridges charged with powder, buckshot, and ball.
"Famous American Statesmen" by Sarah Knowles Bolton
Balls, cartridges, and other ammunition are always in readiness for the use of the same.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon