1

cannonball

play
noun can·non·ball \ˈka-nən-ˌbȯl\

Definition of cannonball

  1. 1 :  a usually round solid missile made for firing from a cannon

  2. 2 :  a jump into water made with the arms holding the knees tight against the chest

  3. 3 :  a hard flat tennis service

  4. 4 :  an express train

1655

First Known Use of cannonball

1655


2

cannonball

verb can·non·ball

Definition of cannonball

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to travel with great speed

Examples of cannonball in a Sentence

  1. a dune buggy came recklessly cannonballing down the crowded beach

1951

First Known Use of cannonball

1951


CANNONBALL Defined for English Language Learners

1

cannonball

play
noun can·non·ball \ˈka-nən-ˌbȯl\

Definition of cannonball for English Language Learners

  • : a heavy metal or stone ball that is shot from a cannon


CANNONBALL Defined for Kids

cannonball

play
noun can·non·ball \ˈka-nən-ˌbȯl\

Definition of cannonball for Students

  1. 1 :  a usually round solid missile (as of stone or metal) for firing from a cannon

  2. 2 :  a jump into water made with the arms holding the knees tight against the chest



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cannonball? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!