Cannon



a mounted gun for firing heavy projectiles; a gun, howitzer, or mortar.
British Machinery, quill (def 10).
Armor. a cylindrical or semicylindrical piece of plate armor for the upper arm or forearm; a vambrace or rerebrace.
Also called cannon bit, canon bit. a round bit for a horse.
the part of a bit that is in the horse’s mouth.
(on a bell) the metal loop by which a bell is hung.
Zoology.

cannon bone.
the part of the leg in which the cannon bone is situated.

British. a carom in billiards.
Underworld Slang. a pickpocket.
to discharge cannon.
British. to make a carom in billiards.
Annie Jump
[juhmp] /dʒʌmp/ (Show IPA), 1863–1941, U.S. astronomer.
Joseph Gurney
[gur-nee] /ˈgɜr ni/ (Show IPA), (“Uncle Joe”) 1836–1926, U.S. politician and legislator.
Contemporary Examples

Politicians Gone Crazy Tina Brown January 12, 2010
How to Stop the Bleeding Howard Kurtz November 3, 2010
Don’t Believe the Hype: Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Without Parole Is Weak David R. Dow June 24, 2012
Obama’s Internet Misfire Douglas Rushkoff May 28, 2009
Obama’s Mistake in Libya Christopher Dickey March 7, 2011

Historical Examples

Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845 Various
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
Lost Lenore Charles Beach
The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VI Robert Kerr

noun (pl) -nons, -non
an automatic aircraft gun of large calibre
(history) a heavy artillery piece consisting of a metal tube mounted on a carriage
a heavy tube or drum, esp one that can rotate freely on the shaft by which it is supported
the metal loop at the top of a bell, from which it is suspended
See cannon bone
(billiards)

a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
the points scored by this Usual US and Canadian word carom

a rebound or bouncing back, as of a ball off a wall
either of the two parts of a vambrace
verb
(intransitive) often foll by into. to collide (with)
short for cannonade
(intransitive) (billiards) to make a cannon
n.
Cannon
(kān’ən)
American astronomer noted for her work on classifying stellar spectra. Cannon classified the spectra of 225,300 stars brighter than magnitude 8.5, as well as 130,000 fainter stars.

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