cannon

[ kan-uhn ]
/ ˈkæn ən /

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

verb (used without object)

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

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Origin of cannon

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cannon

cannon , canon.

Definition for cannon (2 of 2)

Cannon
[ kan-uhn ]
/ 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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Medical definitions for cannon

Cannon
[ kănən ]
Walter Bradford 1871-1945

American physiologist noted for his research on the autonomic nervous system, including the “fight or flight” response induced by stressful stimuli and the effects of hormones on nerve conduction. He also invented the use of barium in x-ray studies of the gastrointestinal tract.
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Scientific 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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