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)

Examples of water cannon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Demonstrators in the capital city, Abuja, claimed the police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse people after the dissolution announcement on Sunday. Tope Alake, Bloomberg.com, "Nigeria Scraps Police Unit After Protests Against Brutality," 11 Oct. 2020 Police fired tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to disperse the crowd, Reuters witnesses said. NBC News, "Clashes erupt during demonstrations against new Indonesian jobs law," 9 Oct. 2020 As the service ended, Cortez’s two young sons rang the traditional nine peals of the fire bell as a farewell salute, the bagpipers played Amazing Grace and three San Francisco fire boats shot 10 water cannon streams high above San Francisco Bay. SFChronicle.com, "S.F. firefighter killed in training accident remembered for life of service," 20 Oct. 2020 Unlike protests a day earlier, in which police used a water cannon to disperse protesters, Saturday’s demonstrations were peaceful, with no reports of any clashes by the time participants started heading home in the evening. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Transit shutdowns fail to deter fourth day of Thai pro-democracy protests in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2020 Police used water cannon on protesters for the first time on Friday. NBC News, "Thai protesters vow new demonstration despite crackdown," 17 Oct. 2020 On Monday, thousands protesting the election in Bishkek were dispersed by police with stun grenades, tear gas and water cannon. Washington Post, "Kyrgyzstan elections annulled after protesters break into parliament building," 6 Oct. 2020 Videos showed protesters shouting, throwing stones, breaking into buildings and setting fires near the national palace as police deployed water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds. Sandi Sidhu And Philip Wang, CNN, "Hundreds arrested at protests over labor law in Jakarta," 8 Oct. 2020 The police used tear gas and a water cannon to disperse the crowd, the statement said. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Golden Dawn Found Guilty of Running Criminal Organization in Greece," 7 Oct. 2020

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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 2020

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“Water cannon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20cannon. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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