- 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 cannonading
Cannonading is distinctly heard in the direction of Warrenton.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
In the long dusk of the summer evening, the cannonading ceased.The Long Roll
Under cover of the cannonading, the disembarkation of the troops began.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
Cannonading in the direction of Fredericksburg had ceased during the day.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals
William H. Armstrong
Harsch could not help it; the Prussian cannonading was so furious.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)
- an intense and continuous artillery bombardment
- to attack (a target) with cannon
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Word Origin and History for cannonading
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