water cannon


Definition of water cannon

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

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Tear gas and water cannons were used against the protesters in an effort to disperse them. Fox News, "Violent Paris May Day protests leaves cars torched, McDonald's smashed; more than 100 arrested," 2 Oct. 2018 They were soaked in water overnight, sprayed with water cannons for 20 minutes at a time, hammered with thousands of pounds of force in extreme conditions. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Future is now: Nike’s next self-lacing shoe hitting shelves," 11 Feb. 2019 Accompanying adults are welcome to take in the passing views of the Hilton Head coast, that is, if they're not enthralled with the firing of water cannons and the fending off of bad guys. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Charleston," 27 Apr. 2018 Protesters violently pushed back, and officials have responded with tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons. Alex Ward, Vox, "France’s deadly and growing protests, in 17 pictures," 3 Dec. 2018 Some threw stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas and water cannons. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Police Use Tear Gas as Thousands in Paris Defy Protest Ban," 24 Nov. 2018 In the end, The Shining’s elevator effect consisted of four 80-psi water cannons, which together gushed 120 gallons of fake blood out of a nearly full-scale replica of the Overlook Hotel’s elevator into a glass vestibule with a slanted floor. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 2018 Sometimes protesters threw rocks, to which soldiers responded with tear gas, stun grenades, water cannons, rubber bullets, and sometimes live ammunition. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "How Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian activist, became an international icon," 3 Aug. 2018 Most shops in the center had remained closed on Thursday and police in riot gear and trucks carrying water cannons were stationed outside government and political offices. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Incumbent Wins Zimbabwe Presidential Vote Amid Rising Tensions," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of water cannon

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water cannon was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of water cannon

: a machine that shoots a large, powerful stream of water and that is used by police to control violent crowds

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