water cannon

noun

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)

Examples of water cannon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The video showed a low-flying helicopter, military vehicles and a water cannon truck on the Polish side, and a thicket of tents and smoky bonfires on the Belarusian side. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Police, again responding to rowdy crowds, also turned a water cannon on protesters as the march ended at the Bastille. Fox News, 1 Aug. 2021 Police, again responding to rowdy crowds, also turned a water cannon on protesters as the march ended at the Bastille. Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 But before the bombing, Taliban militants tried to drive people away by spraying a water cannon at those gathered near an airport gate. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2021 Earlier, Israeli police used stun grenades and a water cannon spraying skunk water to disperse Palestinian protesters from Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, the epicenter of weeks of protests and clashes in the run-up to the Gaza war. Joseph Krauss, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2021 Earlier Thursday, the Taliban sprayed a water cannon at those gathered at one airport gate to try to drive the crowd away, as someone launched tear gas canisters elsewhere. chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Before the blast, the Taliban sprayed a water cannon at people gathered at one airport gate to drive the crowd away, as someone launched tear gas canisters elsewhere. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 Before the blast, the Taliban sprayed a water cannon at those gathered at one airport gate to try to drive the crowd away, as someone launched tear gas canisters elsewhere. Time, 26 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Nov 2021

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“Water cannon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20cannon. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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water cannon

noun

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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