- a heavy ball, esp. of iron, formerly used as a projectile in cannons
- a fast express train
- a hard, driving serve in tennis
- a feet-first dive done in a tuck position
Slang fast; rapid
Slang to move very fast
also cannon ball
- A round projectile fired from a cannon.
- A jump into water made with the arms grasping the upraised knees, usually intended to make a big splash.
- Something, such as a fast train, that moves with great speed.
- Sports A fast low serve in tennis.
intransitive verbcan·non·balled, can·non·ball·ing, can·non·balls
- To travel with great speed.
- To jump into water while grasping one's upraised knees with one's arms.
- (military, artillery)
- The result of running and jumping in a flexed position into a swimming pool to create a large splash, mimicking the flight and shape of a cannonball.
- The cannonball could be called the S.U.V. of the pool — oversized, brash, hormonally hardwired.
- I would call it a water-entry stunt, not a dive.
- The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.40, quoting "Coach O'Brien"
- (slang, figuratively) Something that moves fast.
- Meetings of the model train club always begin with the song "Wabash Cannonball".
- (tennis) a served ball that travels with great speed and describes little or no arc in flight.
(third-person singular simple present cannonballs, present participle cannonballing, simple past and past participle cannonballed)
- To jump/dive into water doing a cannonball landing.
- He cannonballed into the pool, drenching us all.