Cannon meaning

kănən
A large mounted weapon that fires heavy projectiles. Cannon include guns, howitzers, and mortars.
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The loop at the top of a bell by which it is hung.
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A round bit for a horse.
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(zoology) The section of the lower leg in some hoofed mammals between the hock or knee and the fetlock, containing the cannon bone.
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(chiefly british) A carom made in billiards.
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To bombard with cannon.
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(chiefly british) To cause to carom in billiards.
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To fire cannon.
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(chiefly british) To make a carom in billiards.
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A part on a bell by which it is hung.
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(mech.) A hollow tube within which a shaft revolves independently of the outer tube.
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To attack with cannon fire.
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(brit.) To cause to carom.
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To fire cannons.
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(brit.) To make a carom.
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(person) 1836-1926; U.S. congressman.
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A round bit for a horse.
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(zoology) The section of the lower leg in some hoofed mammals between the hock or knee and the fetlock, containing the cannon bone.
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A complete assembly, consisting of an artillery tube and a breech mechanism, firing mechanism or base cap, which is a component of a gun, howitzer or mortar. It may include muzzle appendages.
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A large-bore machine gun.
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A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock.
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(historical) A large muzzle-loading artillery piece.
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(sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A carom.

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.

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(baseball, figuratively, informal) The arm of a player that can throw well.

He's got a cannon out in right.

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(engineering) A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
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(printing) Alternative form of canon. (a large size of type)
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To bombard with cannons.
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(sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To play the carom billiard shot. To strike two balls with the cue ball.

The white cannoned off the red onto the pink.

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To fire something, especially spherical, rapidly.
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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

  • Borrowed around 1400 from Old French canon, from Italian cannone, from Latin canna.

    From Wiktionary

  • This spelling was not fixed until about 1800.

    From Wiktionary