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cannon

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noun can·non \ˈka-nən\

Simple Definition of cannon

  • : a large gun that shoots heavy metal or stone balls and that was once a common military weapon

  • : a large automatic gun that is shot from an aircraft

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cannon

plural

cannons

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cannon

  1. 1 plural usually cannon a :  a large heavy gun usually mounted on a carriage b :  a heavy-caliber automatic aircraft gun firing explosive shells

  2. 2 or canon :  the projecting part of a bell by which it is hung :  ear

  3. 3 :  the part of the leg in which the cannon bone is found

Origin and Etymology of cannon

Middle English canon, from Anglo-French, from Old Italian cannone, literally, large tube, augmentative of canna reed, tube, from Latin, cane, reed — more at cane


First Known Use: 15th century

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cannon

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Simple Definition of cannon

  • : to suddenly and forcefully hit or move into or against someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cannon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to discharge cannon

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  cannonade

Examples of cannon in a sentence

  1. The ball cannoned off the goalpost and into the net.



1567

First Known Use of cannon

1567

Rhymes with cannon


Cannon

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biographical name Can·non \ˈka-nən\

Definition of Cannon

  1. Joseph Gurney 1836–1926 Uncle Joe Am. polit.




CANNON Defined for Kids

cannon

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noun can·non \ˈka-nən\

Definition of cannon for Students

plural

cannons

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cannon

  1. :  a large heavy weapon consisting mostly of a metal tube that is mounted on wheels and is used for firing cannonballs




Medical Dictionary

cannon

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noun can·non \ˈkan-ən\

Medical Definition of cannon

  1. :  the part of the leg in which the cannon bone is found



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