cannon

cannon
1. This word for a large gun is now confined, apart from its historical reference, to a shell-firing gun in aircraft (a use first recorded in 1919). Historically the word is used both as an ordinary noun (with plural cannons), and as a collective (as in Tennyson's Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, etc.).
2. Cannon should be carefully distinguished in spelling from canon, meaning (1) ‘a rule’ and (2) ‘a member of a cathedral chapter’; confusion can be unfortunate.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Cannon — Can non, n.; pl. {Cannons}, collectively {Cannon}. [F. cannon, fr. L. canna reed, pipe, tube. See {Cane}.] 1. A great gun; a piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm for discharging heavy shot with great force. [1913 Webster] Note: Cannons are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cannon — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Cannon Género Policiaco Reparto William Conrad Blaine H. McKee País de origen Estados Unidos Duración 60 min. Idioma/s …   Wikipedia Español

  • cannon — [kan′ən] n. pl. cannons or cannon [ME & OFr canon < It cannone < canna: see CANE; in CANNON n. 5 & vt. 2, vi. 2, altered < CAROM] 1. a) a large, mounted piece of …   English World dictionary

  • CANNON (W. B.) — CANNON WALTER BRADFORD (1871 1945) L’un des plus grands physiologistes américains, dont le nom reste surtout attaché à la théorie de l’homéostasie. Né dans le Wisconsin à Prairie du Chien, Cannon entre à Harvard en 1896. Docteur en médecine en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cannon —   [ kænən],    1) Anny Jump, amerikanische Astronomin, * Dover (Delaware) 11. 12. 1863, ✝ Cambridge (Massachusetts) 13. 4. 1941; wirkte am Harvard Observatorium; entwickelte eine Sternklassifizierung nach Spektralklassen (die Harvard… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cannon — c.1400, tube for projectiles, from O.Fr. canon (14c.), from It. cannone large tube, augmentive of L. canna reed, tube (see CANE (Cf. cane)). Cannon fodder (1891) translates Ger. kanonenfutter (Cf. Shakespeare s food for powder in I Hen. IV ).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cannon — Can non, v. i. 1. To discharge cannon. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. To collide or strike violently, esp. so as to glance off or rebound; to strike and rebound. He heard the right hand goal post crack as a pony cannoned into it crack, splinter, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cannon — ► 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. ► VERB chiefly Brit. (cannon into/off) ▪ collide with forcefully or at an angle. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • Cannon — Can non, n. & v. (Billiards) See {Carom}. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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