cannon

[ kan-uh n ]
/ ˈkæn ən /

noun, plural can·nons, (especially collectively) can·non.

verb (used without object)

to discharge cannon.
British. to make a carom in billiards.

Nearby words

  1. cannister,
  2. cannizzaro,
  3. cannizzaro, stanislao,
  4. cannock,
  5. cannoli,
  6. cannon bone,
  7. cannon fodder,
  8. cannon's ring,
  9. cannon, annie jump,
  10. cannon, joseph gurney

Origin of cannon

1375–1425 (earlier in Anglo-Latin, AF); late Middle English canon < Middle French < Italian cannone, equivalent to cann(a) tube (< Latin; see cane) + -one augmentative suffix

Can be confusedcannon canon

Cannon

[ kan-uh n ]
/ ˈkæn ən /

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for cannon

cannon

/ (ˈkænən) /

noun plural -nons or -non

verb

Word Origin for cannon

C16: from Old French canon, from Italian cannone cannon, large tube, from canna tube, cane 1

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Word Origin and History for cannon

cannon

n.

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").

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Science definitions for cannon

Cannon

[ kănən ]
Annie Jump 1863-1941

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.
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