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  1. a continued discharge of cannon, especially during an attack.
  2. an attack, as of invective or censure, suggestive of cannon fire; barrage.
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verb (used with object), can·non·ad·ed, can·non·ad·ing.
  1. to attack continuously with or as if with cannon
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verb (used without object), can·non·ad·ed, can·non·ad·ing.
  1. to discharge like continuous cannon fire.
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Origin of cannonade

1645–55; < French canonnade < Italian cannonata, equivalent to cannon(e) cannon + -ata -ade1
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Historical Examples

  • Cannonading is distinctly heard in the direction of Warrenton.

    Three Years in the Federal Cavalry

    Willard Glazier

  • In the long dusk of the summer evening, the cannonading ceased.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Under cover of the cannonading, the disembarkation of the troops began.

  • Cannonading in the direction of Fredericksburg had ceased during the day.

  • Harsch could not help it; the Prussian cannonading was so furious.

British Dictionary definitions for cannonading


  1. an intense and continuous artillery bombardment
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  1. to attack (a target) with cannon
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Word Origin and History for cannonading



"discharge of artillery," 1650s, from cannon + -ade. As a verb, from 1660s. Cf. French canonnade (16c.), Italian cannonata. Related: Cannonaded; cannonading.

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