see also: Cannon
Pronunciation Noun

cannon (plural cannon)

  1. 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.
  2. Any similar device for shooting material out of a tube.
    water cannon
    glitter cannon
    1. (military, aviation) An autocannon.
  3. A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock.
  4. A cannon bit.
  5. (historical) A large muzzle-loading artillery piece.
  6. (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.
  7. (baseball, figuratively, informal) The arm of a player that can throw well.
    He's got a cannon out in right.
  8. (engineering) A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
  9. (printing) Alternative form of canon (a large size of type)
  10. (Chinese chess) A piece which moves horizontally and vertically like a rook but captures another piece by jumping over a different piece in the line of attack.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Italian: carambola
  • Russian: карамбо́ль

cannon (cannons, present participle cannoning; past and past participle cannoned)

  1. To bombard with cannons.
  2. (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.
  3. To fire something, especially spherical, rapidly.
  4. To collide or strike violently, especially so as to glance off or rebound.
    • 1898, Rudyard Kipling, "The Maltese Cat" in The Day's Work,
      […] he heard the right-hand goal post crack as a pony cannoned into it&mdashcrack, splinter, and fall like a mast.
    • 1952, C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Collins, 1998, Chapter 11,
      She ran down the stairs which she had come up so nervously that morning and cannoned into Edmund at the bottom.
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkænən/
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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