Fire swab


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fire swab a swab saturated with water, for cooling a gun in action and clearing away particles of powder, etc.
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In literature:

He and Parks had been swabbing out the firing gun and putting the polished work of the cart apparatus in order.
"The Tides of Barnegat" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Croghan's sweating gunners swabbed and loaded and fired, roaring like lions.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
If one of 'em tries to run after those other cowardly swabs you fire at him, sir.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
There was not a vestige of the fire left, and he swabbed up the water with a sponge.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
The gunners had playfully taught her all about loading, firing and swabbing their cannon.
"The Woman with a Stone Heart" by Oscar William Coursey
After a piece was fired, the first thing done was to "swab" it.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
An attendant dipped a swab in a tub of salt and water to baste the ox, and moderate the fire.
"The Loyalists of Massachusetts" by James H. Stark