• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Whaling-gun a contrivance for killing whales by means of a projectile
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwæl (Ice. hvalr, Ger. walfisch); orig. unknown.


In literature:

I hadn't time to think of throwin' a gun before he whaled into me.
"To the Last Man" by Zane Grey
And this Honi had brought from the whale-ship a gun and a harpoon.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
I guess I can fix Mr. Whale, if I have one of those electric guns.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
Having brought up as agreed on, we fired a gun, and Uncle Jack pulled off in the whale boat to pilot in the "Iris," which had hove to outside.
"The Mate of the Lily" by W. H. G. Kingston
Mr. Gibson had risen and aimed the gun and was about to fire when the cow-whale seemed to suddenly understand her loss and her own danger.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Greener's harpoon-gun is a kind of wall-piece fixed in a crutch, which steps into the bow-bollard of the whale-boat.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Steering-apparatus and gun-harpoons for whaling testify to the maritime character of the people, as do the boats and ropes.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
A gun, and jack at the fore, and shortly there came dancing over the waves, in a whale-boat, an officer, Monsieur le Pilot!
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
They applied to the gun the same name they give to their harpoons for killing whales.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
I shouted that they were whales, and, running to the sledge, had my gun out in a second.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen

In news:

(AP) — An injured California gray whale was swimming out to sea Saturday after being shot with a machine gun off the western tip of Washington state, officials said.
'Thunder Soul,' 'Pearl Jam 20,' 'Limelight,' 'The Whale,' 'Machine Gun Preacher'.