from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large mounted weapon that fires heavy projectiles. Cannon include guns, howitzers, and mortars.
- n. The loop at the top of a bell by which it is hung.
- n. A round bit for a horse.
- n. Zoology The section of the lower leg in some hoofed mammals between the hock or knee and the fetlock, containing the cannon bone.
- n. Chiefly British A carom made in billiards.
- transitive v. To bombard with cannon.
- transitive v. Chiefly British To cause to carom in billiards.
- intransitive v. To fire cannon.
- intransitive v. Chiefly British To make a carom in billiards.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large-bore machine gun.
- n. A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock.
- n. A large muzzle-loading artillery piece.
- n. A carom.
- n. The arm of a player that can throw well.
- v. To bombard with cannons
- v. To play the carom billiard shot. To strike two balls with the cue ball
- v. To fire something, especially spherical, rapidly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A great gun; a piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm for discharging heavy shot with great force.
- n. A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
- n. A kind of type. See Canon.
- intransitive v. To discharge cannon.
- intransitive v. To collide or strike violently, esp. so as to glance off or rebound; to strike and rebound.
- See carom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An engine, supported on a stationary or movable frame called a gun-carriage, for throwing balls and other missiles by the force of gunpowder; a big gun; a piece of ordnance.
- n. In machinery, a hollow cylindrical piece through which a revolving shaft passes, and which, may revolve independently, and with a greater or less speed than that of the shaft.
- n. That part of a bit let into the horse's mouth. Also canon, cannon-bit, canon-bit.
- n. The cannon-bone.
- n. The ear or loop of a bell by which it is suspended. Also spelled canon.
- n. In surgery, an instrument used in sewing up wounds.
- n. plural Ornamental rolls which terminated the breeches or hose at the knee. Minsheu, 1617. Also written canions, cannions, and canons.
- n. [⟨ cannon, v., 2.] In billiards, a carom: little used in the United States, but common in Great Britain. See carom.
- To discharge cannon; cannonade.
- In billiards, to make a cannon or carom; hence, to strike one thing and then rebound and strike another; carom.
- In loading logs by steam- or horse-power, to send up (a log) so that it swings crosswise, instead of parallel to the load.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. heavy gun fired from a tank
- n. lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
- v. fire a cannon
- n. a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
- n. heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane
- n. (Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
- n. a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
- v. make a cannon
Middle English canon, from Old French, from Old Italian cannone, augmentative of canna, tube, from Latin, reed; see cane.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin circa 1400 A.D. from Old French canon, from Italian cannone, from Latin canna. (Wiktionary)