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cannon

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noun can·non \ˈka-nən\

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

What is the difference between cannon and canon?

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.

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

verb can·non

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


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 English Language Learners

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cannon

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noun can·non \ˈka-nən\

Definition of cannon for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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cannon

verb can·non

Definition of cannon for English Language Learners

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


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

Illustration of cannon



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