Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
  2. (noun, animal) lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
  3. (noun, artifact) a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
  4. (noun, artifact) heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane
  5. (noun, artifact) (Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
  6. (noun, artifact) heavy gun fired from a tank
  7. (verb, competition) fire a cannon
  8. (verb, competition) make a cannon

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Cannon

carom, shank

Origin of the word Cannon

  1. 1400, from O.Fr. canon, from It. cannone "large tube," augmentive of L. canna (see cane). Cannon fodder (1891) translates Ger. kanonenfutter (cf. Shakespeare's food for powder in "I Hen. IV"). Cannon-ball is from 1663. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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