from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ball or shot for cannon.
  • n. The range or distance a cannon will throw a ball.


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  • Ahlers had arrived early and made more than 100 snowballs, all stacked in neat cannon-shot pyramids along the rim of the fountain.

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  • I don't know whether they're perforating ulcers, or cancers, or cannon-shot wounds, or what not.


  • For now, although I couldn't guess it, as I lay pampering myself with a little preserved jellied chicken and Rhine wine - of which Willy's store-chest yielded a fine abundance - that terrible day was approaching, that awful thunderclap of a day when the world turned upside down in a welter of powder-smoke and cannon-shot and steel, which no one who lived through it will ever forget.

    The Sky Writer

  • And with each cannon-shot, Theophania's cry screamed out over the bloody concrete, the lymph-stained rails where all carriage traffic was banned.

    Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpest: An Exclusive Excerpt

  • I wonder how many of those 15 triples were cannon-shot line drives which caromed off the Green Monster at unpredictable angles.

    Fiction and the empirical turn

  • After the last cannon-shot had been fired, the plain of Mont – Saint-Jean remained deserted.

    Les Miserables

  • Beyond the island, they anchored at the place the Indians called Kebec, an Algonquian word that meant the narrowing of the river, less than a cannon-shot wide.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The words were hardly out of his mouth before a second cannon-shot, better aimed, came crashing through the hull of the

    A Woman of Thirty

  • The privateer, now gaining hopelessly upon them, replied with a cannon-shot, which struck the water ten fathoms away from the

    A Woman of Thirty

  • Castle, to require the commanding officer to march down his troops, to fire a few cannon-shot, or even to throw a shell among the mob, for the purpose of clearing the streets.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian


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