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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The Adventure Playground and Waterplay debuted in 2004 and features large play structures that look like a steamboat and a bridge, water cannons, and spray misters. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Outside Magazine loves our Waterfront Park. Here's why it's so awesome," 9 July 2018 About 30 to 40 people were evacuated from the building after a security guard found a black duffel bag near the front door about 7 a.m. Bomb squad officials detonated the package with a water cannon at 10:15 a.m. No injuries were reported. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police detonate suspicious package found outside Milwaukee Coast Guard building," 6 July 2018 Aubrey and Isla Knapstein, both 3½ years old, had just climbed off faux jet skis with water cannons, exploring the toddlers’ area of the new Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee during its grand opening Thursday morning. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Chance the Rapper leads camp kids in test run at Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee's newly renovated water park," 21 June 2018 The waterplay areas, complete with water cannons and misters, are open seasonally from early May through October. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Got kids? Here are the top 8 family-friendly activities in Louisville," 21 June 2018 The photojournalism fellow at City Bureau—whose has also done high-risk assignments like documenting protests in the Philippines—proves that neither a fear of falling nor water cannons can get in her way. Jamie Ramsay, Chicago Reader, "Photography Photographer Pat Nabong climbed to new heights for our cover story—literally," 15 June 2018 Hudson Park Hudson park's splash pad has water rings, dump buckets and water cannons. azcentral, "45 Phoenix area splash pads, parks and water features," 14 June 2018 Two will be new and details haven’t been revealed; the third will be the former The Quest for Chi boat ride, which took guests through a kingdom of anthropomorphic animals and featured water cannons, both on the boats and on shore. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Tower of Terror too scary? More kid-friendly rides are coming to Florida theme parks," 14 June 2018 Outside the school building, police could roll up these water cannons and quickly punch holes in the walls of every classroom providing large escape holes. German Lopez, Vox, "Fox News writer: the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a … cannon," 1 June 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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