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- n. Alternate (dated) spelling of cannonball.
- n. A solid usually iron spherical projectile fired from a smoothbore cannon; a solid shot; a round shot.
- n. An explosive-filled hollow iron sphere fuzed through a hole and designed to explode at a calculated distance rather than explode on impact.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. strictly, a round solid missile of stone or iron made to be fired from a cannon, but now often applied to a missile of any shape, whether solid or hollow, made for cannon. Elongated and cylindrical missiles are sometimes called bolts; hollow ones charged with explosives are properly called shells.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
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The other gentleman signalized his courage in the most undaunted manner, till near the end of the action; when he fell on a sudden into such a trembling, that he could scarce stand: and Mr. Montague going to him to hold him up, as they were in each other; arms, a cannon ball carried away Mr. Montague's belly, so that he expired in an hour after.”
He played the part of Colonel Flowerdew, who was hit by a cannon ball — he really was hit, in the real battle.