Discharging piece

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discharging piece (Arch) a piece set to carry thrust or weight to a solid point of support.
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Usage

In literature:

Scarcely had they discharged their pieces when the whole host sank into the earth.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
Number one discharged his piece, and almost instantly the trooper followed the horse.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
This one was discharged from her starboard gun, as she came about; but its range fell considerably short of that of the other piece.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
We have heard of a man of rank, who actually made a gamekeeper, who was a first-rate marksman, fire whenever he discharged his piece.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
The stone of a gun-lock, by which a spark was elicited for the discharge of the loaded piece.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Each time I would wait till a whole group emerged, so as to have a bigger target, and then discharge my piece.
"Athelstane Ford" by Allen Upward
If at the moment the piece is discharged, it is properly supported and correctly aimed, the mark will surely be hit.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Hesitating no longer, he pointed his piece directly at his heart, and discharged it.
"The Riflemen of the Miami" by Edward S. Ellis
He did not desire to discharge the piece.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Dr. Slavens was of the opinion that the bullet had carried a piece of clothing into the wound, which it was not able to discharge of itself.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The section chief of number one piece dropped his right hand as the signal for the discharge.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
And Penn threw himself down under the bank just in time to avoid the discharge of half a dozen pieces aimed at his head.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
Then came a volley from the red men, followed by the discharge of the piece in the hands of the desperadoes.
"Boys of The Fort" by Ralph Bonehill
Wheeling round, with lightning rapidity, he discharged his piece almost without aiming.
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
There was nothing to be gained by discharging his piece at a venture in darkness like this.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
A distant discharge of round shot from his field-pieces drove them away, but the bridge was already broken.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
We suffered no loss save one man wounded by a premature discharge of piece.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
It was followed quickly by a general discharge of their pieces by the natives.
"Maori and Settler" by G. A. Henty
As it was lowered into the grave three discharges from eleven pieces of musketry were fired.
"Napoleon's Young Neighbor" by Helen Leah Reed
The moment a man has discharged his piece he falls to loading as if his salvation depended on it.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest
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