- a continued discharge of cannon, especially during an attack.
- an attack, as of invective or censure, suggestive of cannon fire; barrage.
- to attack continuously with or as if with cannon
- to discharge like continuous cannon fire.
Origin of cannonade
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Examples from the Web for cannonade
So let the Tea people keep launching their cannonade, and let the establishment overrate Christie.The Wrong Election Takeaways From Christie’s Win, Virginia, and More
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What served to increase this, was the cannonade at the town.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Where two anvils were to be had, the cannonade was much brisker, as then a plug was not needed.In the Midst of Alarms
Pete's voice in moments of excitement carries like a cannonade.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
They followed the cannonade with a cloud of asphyxiating gas.
All that moonlit night, while the cannonade proceeded, the Americans had been busy.The Siege of Boston
- an intense and continuous artillery bombardment
- to attack (a target) with cannon
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Word Origin and History for cannonade
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