Cannonball



a missile, usually round and made of iron or steel, designed to be fired from a cannon.
Tennis. a served ball that travels with great speed and describes little or no arc in flight.
anything that moves with great speed, as an express train.
made from a curled-up position with the arms pressing the knees against one’s chest:
a cannonball dive.
moving at great speed:
a train known as a cannonball express.
Julian (“Cannonball”) 1928–75, American jazz saxophonist.
Contemporary Examples

Joseph McElroy’s ‘Cannonball’ Is the Meta Iraq War Novel Tom LeClair July 24, 2013
Michael Tomasky on Obama’s Delusions About the GOP’s ‘Fever’ Breaking Michael Tomasky June 6, 2012
Joseph McElroy’s ‘Cannonball’ Is the Meta Iraq War Novel Tom LeClair July 24, 2013
World Cup Primer Joshua Robinson June 11, 2010
Joseph McElroy’s ‘Cannonball’ Is the Meta Iraq War Novel Tom LeClair July 24, 2013

Historical Examples

North Dakota Various
With Fire and Sword Samuel H. M. Byers
They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
North Dakota Various
Held Fast For England G. A. Henty

noun
a projectile fired from a cannon: usually a solid round metal shot
(tennis)

a very fast low serve
(as modifier): a cannonball serve

a jump into water by a person who has his arms tucked into the body to form a ball
verb (intransitive)
often foll by along, etc. to rush along, like a cannonball
to execute a cannonball jump
adjective
very fast or powerful

A fast express or freight train (1915+ Hoboes)
A message sent from one prisoner to another, or from a prisoner to friends outside (1920+ Prison)

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