water cannon

noun

: a large truck-mounted nozzle for directing a high-pressure stream of water (as at a crowd of rioters or demonstrators)

Examples of water cannon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s been another one of those weeks when the flow of AI news is at water cannon levels. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 21 May 2024 Masked security eventually showed up to disperse the crowds in the early morning hours, using water cannon trucks, tear gas and rubber bullets to remove people. Rebecca Rosman, NPR, 13 May 2024 The Philippine coast guard said its two vessels stood their ground at the Scarborough Shoal, a key battleground in the South China Sea, but that one sustained damage from use of water cannon by two Chinese coast guard ships. Reuters, NBC News, 30 Apr. 2024 Chinese boats have rammed and pointed lasers at Philippine ships, and last month a Chinese coast guard vessel injured three Philippine soldiers with a water cannon. Olivia Wang, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for water cannon 

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water cannon was in 1891

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“Water cannon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20cannon. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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