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definition of the word cannon

by the Wiktionnary

A cannon (artillery piece)

Origin circa 1400 A.D. from Old French canon, from Italian cannone, from Latin canna.

This spelling was not fixed until circa 1800.[1][2]


cannon or cannons

cannon (plural cannon or cannons)

  1. A complete assembly, consisting of an artillery tube and a breech mechanism, firing mechanism or base cap, which is a component of a gun, howitzer or mortar. It may include muzzle appendages.[3]
  2. A large-bore machine gun.
  3. A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock.
  4. (historical) A large muzzle-loading artillery piece.
  5. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A shot in which the ball struck with the cue comes in contact with two or more balls on the table; a hitting of two or more balls with the player's ball.
  6. (baseball) The arm of a player that can throw well.
    He's got a cannon out in right.

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