Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To assault with heavy artillery fire.
  • intransitive v. To deliver heavy artillery fire.
  • n. An extended, usually heavy discharge of artillery.
  • n. A harsh verbal or physical attack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Firing artillery in a large amount for a length of time .
  • v. To discharge artillery fire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of discharging cannon and throwing ball, shell, etc., for the purpose of destroying an army, or battering a town, ship, or fort; -- usually, an attack of some continuance.
  • n. Fig.; A loud noise like a cannonade; a booming.
  • intransitive v. To discharge cannon.
  • transitive v. To attack with heavy artillery; to batter with cannon shot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To attack with ordnance or artillery; batter with cannon.
  • To discharge cannon; fire large guns.
  • n. A continued discharge of cannon or artillery; specifically, such a discharge directed against an enemy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. intense and continuous artillery fire
  • v. attack with cannons or artillery

Etymologies

From French canonade, discharge of artillery, from Italian cannonata, from cannone, cannon, from Old Italian; see cannon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But I hadn't time to feel too satisfied, for in that moment there was a new thunderous cannonade from the Russians, much closer now; the whistle of shot sounded overhead, there was a great babble of shouting and orders from the cavalry behind me, the calls of the Lights and Heavies sounded, and the whole mass of our horse began to move off westward, retiring again.

    The Sky Writer

  • Clouds of brown smoke from burning corn and the thatched root's of villages rolled across the battlefield under a gentle westerly breeze, streaked at intervals with the black, oily discharge of a flaming tank; the continuous rattle and chatter of small-arms fire was overlaid by a steady cannonade from the Russian 76-mm. 's and the scream of Katyusha rockets; periodically the high-pitched slap of the 88-mm. 's told of the Tigers 'defending themselves some three to four miles away.

    Barbarossa

  • What air there was might touch all alike, but would affect least the "Lawrence," "Detroit," and "Queen Charlotte," because their sails were being rent; and also they were in the centre of the cannonade, which is believed usually to kill the breeze.

    Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812 Volume 2

  • The great "artillery duel," as American writers are so fond of calling what used to be termed a cannonade, seems to have astounded the Federal organs into something like frankness and veracity.

    London; Saturday, May 2, 1863

  • As the season gets later, the birds do not shift their ground so frequently; and, moreover, getting scared by the eternal cannonade which is kept up, they fly very high when they do cross.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • We seem to have survived the cannonade of illegal fireworks.

    Entry #2,205

  • Masked Mexican batteries poured a fierce cannonade, catching Worth unaware and cutting swaths through his troops.

    Between War and Peace

  • An early-morning cannonade on the castle opened the action the next day.

    Between War and Peace

  • I have sustained a continual Bombardment of increased high-stakes testing and accountability-related bureaucracy and a cannonade of gross underfunding for 10 years at least and have lost several good men and women.

    Texas district schools chief issues plea in Alamo-like letter

  • The trauma on Tuesday was followed in the middle of Thursday night by a storm, a howling banshee that shook buildingsā€”thunder like a cannonade, lightning tearing through the sky.

    We'll Never Get Over It, Nor Should We

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