cannon

noun
can·​non | \ ˈka-nən \
plural cannons or cannon

Definition of cannon

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 plural usually cannon

a : a large, heavy gun usually mounted on a carriage
b : a heavy-caliber automatic aircraft gun firing explosive shells
c : any device for propelling a substance or object at high speeds an air cannon a T-shirt cannon — see also water cannon
2 or canon : the projecting part of a bell by which it is hung : ear
3 : the part of the leg in which the cannon bone is found
4 sports, informal : a very strong throwing arm While Hershberger had a quick, accurate arm, Lombardi had a cannon.— William Nack a shortstop with a cannon arm

cannon

verb
cannoned; cannoning; cannons

Definition of cannon (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to discharge cannon

Cannon

biographical name
Can·​non | \ ˈka-nən \

Definition of Cannon (Entry 3 of 3)

Joseph Gurney 1836–1926 Uncle Joe American politician

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What is the difference between cannon and canon?

Noun

Cannon and canon are occasionally confused by writers, but the two words have independent origins, and do not share a meaning. Cannon is most frequently found used in the sense of "a large gun," and can be traced to the Old Italian word cannone, which means "large tube." Canon, however, comes from the Greek word kanōn, meaning "rule." Although canon has a variety of meanings, it is most often found in the senses of "a rule or law of a church," "an accepted rule," or "a sanctioned or accepted group or body of related works." A loose cannon is "a dangerously uncontrollable person or thing." There are no loose canons.

Examples of cannon in a Sentence

Verb

The ball cannoned off the goalpost and into the net.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Let the trumpets roar, the cannons blast, and the birds sing. Sam Schube, GQ, "Jack Dorsey Got a Nose Ring," 8 June 2018 The occasion features roughly 40 volunteers dressed as pirates and a crew from the museum running costume contests, scavenger hunts for treasure, sword fights and fake cannon blasts. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pirates take over Maritime Museum as part of two-day Pirate Days event," 20 May 2018 Visitors also can enjoy games, historic cannon fire, a traditional fife and drum parade and food concessions. Lauryn Azu, Detroit Free Press, "5 towns where you can celebrate the Fourth of July in a big way," 27 June 2018 The walk to Bartlett Cemetery off North Avenue for a program and a cannon salute starts at 11 a.m.. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Multitude of Memorial Day events happening in Fox Valley this weekend," 24 May 2018 Since then, writers and researchers have used various methods—analyzing publicly available statistics, X-raying baseballs, and firing them out of cannons—in an attempt to confirm the juiced-ball hypothesis. Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic, "What Should MLB Do About the 'Juiced' Ball Debate?," 10 May 2018 As mourning church bells tolled throughout the nation, cannons fired in final salute outside Copenhagen’s Christiansborg Palace Church on Tuesday morning. Caris Davis, PEOPLE.com, "Danish Royals Attend Funeral for Prince Henrik, the Queen's Husband Who Wanted to Be King," 20 Feb. 2018 The 35mm projectors stand more than 5 feet tall, with the lenses aimed out small portholes like cannon from a ship. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "There Are Secrets in the Texas Theatre," 25 May 2018 It was made from copper, the same metal that produced cannons, and sat on an island with a military fort that would later be administered by the War Department. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Sentinel’ Review: The New Colossus," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fragments can cannon about above the Earth’s atmosphere for centuries — striking other satellites, and adding their wreckage to the deadly debris fields. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Russia accused of testing a 'killer satellite' in orbit," 16 Aug. 2018 His third and final goal had more than a slice of luck to it, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek's effort from outside of the box cannoned into the back of his right foot and looped into the net. SI.com, "Fans Vote England's Harry Kane as Man of the Moment After Treble in Spectacular Win Over Panama," 25 June 2018 Chances were starting to dry up, but an Eriksen free kick found Jan Vertonghen - who's header cannoned off the post - and Kane couldn't sort his feet out quick enough to tuck into the empty net. SI.com, "Tottenham Boosts Top-Four Standing, Beats Watford on Kane, Alli Goals," 30 Apr. 2018 In stoppage time Mateus Uribe fired a stinging shot from long range and Pickford leaped to keep it out with one outstretched hand, sending it wide of the goal and cannoning into the advertising boards. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Pickford the hero as England’s penalty curse ends," 3 July 2018 Hakan Calhanoglu also came close to stealing the lead for Milan, blasting one from several yards out following a breakaway, but his shot unluckily cannoned off the crossbar. SI.com, "Juventus 3-1 Milan: Cuadrado & Khedira Break Rossoneri Hearts With Late Stunners at the Allianz," 31 Mar. 2018 The succession of niggling fouls had caused Watford's first-half domination to fall by the wayside and Luka Milivojevic almost made them pay - the midfielder's free kick cannoning back off the upright with Karnezis beaten. SI.com, "Tense Contest Between Watford, Crystal Palace Ends in Stalemate," 21 Apr. 2018 Jesus had the chance to score from the spot in the second half but cannoned his effort off the inside of the post, with the rebound falling to his teammate Bernardo Silva to tap home. SI.com, "'I’m Good at Penalties': Goal-Hungry Ederson Volunteers for Man City Spot Kick Duty," 24 Apr. 2018 Umtiti celebrated Barca's second goal at the Camp Nou by pulling at his badge and pointing to it after his shot had cannoned in off the post and then Roma's Kostas Manolas. Tom Allnutt, chicagotribune.com, "Umtiti: grabbing of badge was to show 'love' for Barcelona," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cannon

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1567, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cannon

Noun

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

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More Definitions for cannon

cannon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cannon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

cannon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cannon (Entry 2 of 2)

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

cannon

noun
can·​non | \ ˈka-nən \
plural cannons or cannon

Kids Definition of cannon

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

cannon

noun
can·​non | \ ˈkan-ən \

Medical Definition of cannon

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

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