from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A handle of an early type of cannon, usually one of two handles cast with the gun. Compare dolphin, 5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gun.) Either one of two handles on the back of a piece of ordnance.


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  • "The ears, or handles, (called by us Maniglions, or Dolphins,) are two rings, of the ƒame metal with the piece, placed as the trunnions, only ƒomething nearer the breech, made in the ƒhape of dolphins, ƒerpents, &c. Through theƒe is put a rope to raiƒe or move, mount or diƒmount the cannon, which ƒuƒpended on theƒe handles ought to be in equilibrio, that is, the breech ought not to be heavier than the mouth."

    -elements of war

    July 26, 2008