- Inflections of 'cannon' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
- nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (All usages)
- nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (Can be used as a collective plural—e.g. "The ship's cannon were ready to fire.")
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
can•non /ˈkænən/USA pronunciation
n.[countable], pl. -nons, (esp. when thought of as a group) -non. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Militarya mounted gun for firing heavy projectiles:The general moved his cannons into the left flank. Thirty cannon were used.
(kan′ən),USA pronunciation n., pl. -nons, (esp. collectively) -non, v. n.
- Militarya mounted gun for firing heavy projectiles;
a gun, howitzer, or mortar.
- [Brit. Mach.]quill (def. 10).
- Heraldry[Armor.]a cylindrical or semicylindrical piece of plate armor for the upper arm or forearm;
a vambrace or rerebrace.
- Also called cannon bit, canon bit. a round bit for a horse.
- the part of a bit that is in the horse's mouth.
- (on a bell) the metal loop by which a bell is hung.
- See cannon bone.
- the part of the leg in which the cannon bone is situated. See diag. under horse.
- British Termsa carom in billiards.
- Slang Terms[Underworld Slang.]a pickpocket.
- to discharge cannon.
- British Termsto make a carom in billiards.
(kan′ən),USA pronunciation n.
- Latin; see cane) + -one augmentative suffix
- Italian cannone, equivalent. to cann(a) tube (
- Middle French
- late Middle English canon 1375–1425 (earlier in Anglo-Latin, Anglo-French)
(kan′ən),USA pronunciation 1863–1941, U.S. astronomer.
(kan′ən),USA pronunciation ("Uncle Joe''), 1836–1926, U.S. politician and legislator.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cannon /ˈkænən/ n ( pl -nons, -non)
- an automatic aircraft gun of large calibre
- a heavy artillery piece consisting of a metal tube mounted on a carriage
- a heavy tube or drum, esp one that can rotate freely on the shaft by which it is supported
- See cannon bone
- a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
- the points scored by this
Usual US and Canadian word: carom
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French canon, from Italian cannone cannon, large tube, from canna tube, cane1
- (intransitive) often followed by into: to collide (with)
- short for cannonade
- (intransitive) to make a cannon
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