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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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 Members of the Movement for Democratic Change are chanting anti-government slogans as police with water cannons are nearby. Fox News, "The Latest: Zimbabwe's opposition no longer celebrating," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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