Definition of Cannon

1. Noun. A large artillery gun that is usually on wheels.

Generic synonyms: Artillery, Gun, Heavy Weapon, Ordnance
Specialized synonyms: Basilisk, Culverin, Harpoon Gun, High-angle Gun, Long Tom
Derivative terms: Cannoneer

2. Verb. Make a cannon.
Category relationships: Billiards
Generic synonyms: Hit

3. Noun. Heavy gun fired from a tank.
Generic synonyms: Gun
Group relationships: Armored Combat Vehicle, Armoured Combat Vehicle, Army Tank, Tank
Derivative terms: Cannoneer

4. Verb. Fire a cannon.
Generic synonyms: Discharge, Muster Out
Derivative terms: Cannoneer

5. Noun. (Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm.

6. Noun. Heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane.
Group relationships: Bomber
Generic synonyms: Gun
Derivative terms: Cannoneer

7. Noun. Lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals.
Exact synonyms: Shank
Group relationships: Hoofed Mammal, Ungulate, Animal Leg
Terms within: Cannon Bone
Generic synonyms: Body Part

8. Noun. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other.
Exact synonyms: Carom
Group relationships: Billiards, Pocket Billiards, Pool
Generic synonyms: Shot, Stroke
Derivative terms: Carom

Definition of Cannon

1. n. A great gun; a piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm for discharging heavy shot with great force.

2. n. & v. See Carom.

3. v. i. To discharge cannon.

Definition of Cannon

1. Noun. A complete assembly, consisting of an artillery tube and a breech mechanism, firing mechanism or base cap, which is a component of a gun, howitzer or mortar. It may include muzzle appendages.(JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms). ¹

2. Noun. A large-bore machine gun. ¹

3. Noun. A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock. ¹

4. Noun. (historical) A large muzzle-loading artillery piece. ¹

5. Noun. (context: sports billiards snooker pool) A carom. ¹

6. Noun. (baseball) The arm of a player that can throw well. ¹

7. Verb. To bombard with cannons ¹

8. Verb. (context: sports billiards snooker pool) To play the carom billiard shot. To strike two balls with the cue ball ¹

9. Verb. To fire something, especially spherical, rapidly. ¹

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Definition of Cannon

1. to fire a cannon (a heavy firearm) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Cannon

1. Walter B., U.S. Physiologist, 1871-1945. See: Cannon's ring, Cannon's theory, Cannon-Bard theory, Bernard-Cannon homeostasis. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cannon

cannon (current term)
cannon ball
cannon bone
cannon cracker
cannon fire
cannon fodder
cannon sound
cannon wave
cannonball along

Literary usage of Cannon

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"George M. cannon recalled for further cross examination: the substance of what my ... [65] Clara C. cannon recalled by the defendant and testified: I am a ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"On February 12, 1918, the plaintiff sent to the defendant the following telegram: 'Sell cannon & Company and Alma Cotton Company cotton for best basis ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1900)
"Mahomet was satisfied with the answer to his first question, which he eagerly pressed on the artist. " Am I able to cast a cannon capable of ..."

4. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1854)
"The Bear at first felt uncommonly proud, As he pawed at tiller, and pulled at shroud, With a topsy-turvy, cannon and scrimmage, The Bear at first felt ..."

5. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1861)
"She has been sleeping on her arms since '76, and the first cannon shot brings her to her feel with the war-cry of the Revolution on her lips. [Loud cheers. ..."

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