In English billiards, a cannon is when one's cue ball strikes the other player's cue ball and the red ball on the same shot; and it is worth two points.
He's got a cannon out in right.
The white cannoned off the red onto the pink.
Origin of cannon
- Middle English canon from Old French from Old Italian cannone augmentative of canna tube from Latin reed cane
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- This spelling was not fixed until about 1800.