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cannonball

[kan-uh n-bawl]
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noun Also cannon ball.
  1. a missile, usually round and made of iron or steel, designed to be fired from a cannon.
  2. Tennis. a served ball that travels with great speed and describes little or no arc in flight.
  3. anything that moves with great speed, as an express train.
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adjective
  1. made from a curled-up position with the arms pressing the knees against one's chest: a cannonball dive.
  2. moving at great speed: a train known as a cannonball express.
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Origin of cannonball

First recorded in 1655–65; cannon + ball1

Adderley

[ad-er-lee]
noun
  1. JulianCannonball, 1928–75, American jazz saxophonist.
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Examples from the Web for cannonball

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  • "A doctor will be down on 'the Cannonball' about five o'clock," he added.

  • When the soldier is hit by a cannonball, rags are as becoming as purple.

  • His head was shot off by a cannonball just as his regiment was charging at the bridge.

    With Fire and Sword

    Samuel H. M. Byers

  • The Moravians held their immersion baptismal ceremonies in the Cannonball.

  • For the next three seconds you could have heard a cannonball drop.

    The Gold Bat

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for cannonball

cannonball

noun
  1. a projectile fired from a cannon: usually a solid round metal shot
  2. tennis
    1. a very fast low serve
    2. (as modifier)a cannonball serve
  3. a jump into water by a person who has his arms tucked into the body to form a ball
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verb (intr)
  1. (often foll by along, etc) to rush along, like a cannonball
  2. to execute a cannonball jump
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adjective
  1. very fast or powerful
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