noun (plural can·nons)
1. (plural can·nons or can·non
) historical weapon: in former times, a weapon that fired heavy iron balls or other projectiles through a simple iron tube
2. modern weapon: a modern heavy artillery weapon large enough to need to be mounted for firing, e.g. on a warship or on a tracked vehicle
3. aircraft gun: a rapid-firing gun mounted on an aircraft
4. U.K. cue games
Same as caromn (sense 1)
5. bell loop: the loop at the top of a bell from which it is suspendedhttp://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...
• noun (pl. usu. same
) 1 a large, heavy piece of artillery formerly used in warfare. 2 an automatic heavy gun that fires shells from an aircraft or tank. http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/cannon?v...
Main Entry: 1can·non
Inflected Form(s): plural cannons or cannon
Etymology: Middle English canon, from Anglo-French, from Old Italian cannone, literally, large tube, augmentative of canna reed, tube, from Latin, cane, reed -- more at CANE
1 plural usually cannon
a : a large heavy gun usually mounted on a carriage b : a heavy-caliber automatic aircraft gun firing explosive shells
2 or can·on : the projecting part of a bell by which it is hung : EAR
3 : the part of the leg in which the cannon bone is foundhttp://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Di...
cannon (GUN) Show phonetics
noun [C] plural cannon or cannons
1 a large, powerful gun fixed to two or four wheels, which fires heavy stone or metal balls, and which was used in the past
2 a gun attached to an aircrafthttp://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?ke...
cannon n. cannons (cannon
) <'kán&n> (HOM: canon) 1. A large piece of artillery, usually mounted on wheels. 2. Heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane. 3. A cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm. 4. Lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals; [ETYM: French cannon, from Latin canna reed, pipe, tube. Related to Cane.]http://ultralingua.com/onlinedictionary/index...
canon or cannon
Both words are related to cane. The use of a cane as a measuring rod gave canon in the sense of 'rule', 'standard', and from that the sense of 'priest' (who lives under a church rule). The cane as a tube gave cannon as a gun or piece of artillery. The word takes no plural s
: 'Cannon to right of them,/Cannon to left of them,/Cannon in front of them/Volley'd and thunder'd' (Tennyson).
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