cannonade

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

Origin of cannonade

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

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

cannonade

n.

"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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