From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grapeshot \Grape"shot`\, n. (Mil.)
   A cluster, usually nine in number, of small iron balls, put
   together by means of cast-iron circular plates at top and
   bottom, with two rings, and a central connecting rod, in
   order to be used as a charge for a cannon. Formerly grapeshot
   were inclosed in canvas bags.
   [1913 Webster]
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