Cannonball meaning

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A heavy ball, esp. of iron, formerly used as a projectile in cannons.
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A round projectile fired from a cannon.
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A jump into water made with the arms grasping the upraised knees, usually intended to make a big splash.
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Something, such as a fast train, moving with great speed.
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(sports) A fast low serve in tennis.
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To travel with great speed.
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To jump into water while grasping one's upraised knees with one's arms.
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A feet-first dive done in a tuck position.
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(slang) Fast; rapid.
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(slang) To move very fast.
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(military, artillery)
  • A spherical projectile fired from a smoothbore cannon; a solid shot; a solid round shot; a ball.
  • An explosive-filled hollow iron sphere fused through a hole and intended to explode at a calculated distance rather than explode on impact.
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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"

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(slang, figuratively) Something that moves fast.

Meetings of the model train club always begin with the song "Wabash Cannonball".

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(tennis) A served ball that travels with great speed and describes little or no arc in flight.
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To jump/dive into water doing a cannonball landing.

He cannonballed into the pool, drenching us all.

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