- a mounted gun for firing heavy projectiles; a gun, howitzer, or mortar.
- British Machinery. quill(def 10).
- Armor. a cylindrical or semicylindrical piece of plate armor for the upper arm or forearm; a vambrace or rerebrace.
- Also called cannon bit, canon bit. a round bit for a horse.
- the part of a bit that is in the horse's mouth.
- (on a bell) the metal loop by which a bell is hung.
- British. a carom in billiards.
- Underworld Slang. a pickpocket.
- to discharge cannon.
- British. to make a carom in billiards.
Origin of cannon
- Annie Jump [juhmp] /dʒʌmp/, 1863–1941, U.S. astronomer.
- Joseph Gur·ney [gur-nee] /ˈgɜr ni/, Uncle Joe, 1836–1926, U.S. politician and legislator.
Examples from the Web for cannon
The lack of a cannon is a particular problem, as the F-35 is being counted on to help out infantrymen under fire.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Another common prank was to spin the cannon in the direction of the major, causing him to leap out of the way.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
As a prolific and early entry in the cannon of television drama, The Twilight Zone never fully disappeared from the airwaves.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
Cannon revealed that, "we have been living in separate houses for a few months."Nick Cannon’s Not a Gigolo, But He Had Sex with Kim Kardashian
August 22, 2014
Once the indictment dropped, Cannon quickly resigned his office.The Big Dreams of Corrupt Politicians
March 27, 2014
Christina is a soldier's daughter, and must learn to bear the noise of cannon.Biographical Stories
Yes, madame; I wish it were a cannon in defence of La Pologne.Night and Morning, Complete
My heart began suddenly to feel like a cannon ball, in my breast.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
And the thunder of galloping hoofs was more menacing than that of the cannon.
The reports of the rifles and cannon kept every one alert and watchful.
- an automatic aircraft gun of large calibre
- history a heavy artillery piece consisting of a metal tube mounted on a carriage
- a heavy tube or drum, esp one that can rotate freely on the shaft by which it is supported
- the metal loop at the top of a bell, from which it is suspended
- See cannon bone
- a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
- the points scored by thisUsual US and Canadian word: carom
- a rebound or bouncing back, as of a ball off a wall
- either of the two parts of a vambrace
- (intr often foll by into) to collide (with)
- short for cannonade
- (intr) billiards to make a cannon
Word Origin and History for cannon
c.1400, "tube for projectiles," from Anglo-French canon, Old French canon (14c.), from Italian cannone "large tube, barrel," augmentative of Latin canna "reed, tube" (see cane (n.)). Meaning "large ordnance piece," the main modern sense, is from 1520s. Spelling not differentiated from canon till c.1800. Cannon fodder (1891) translates German kanonenfutter (cf. Shakespeare's food for powder in "I Hen. IV").
- American astronomer noted for her work on classifying stellar spectra. Cannon classified the spectra of 225,300 stars brighter than magnitude 8.5, as well as 130,000 fainter stars.