Meaning of CANNON in English


/kan"euhn/ , n. , pl. cannons , ( esp. collectively ) cannon , v.


1. a mounted gun for firing heavy projectiles; a gun, howitzer, or mortar.

2. Brit. Mach. quill (def. 10).

3. Armor. a cylindrical or semicylindrical piece of plate armor for the upper arm or forearm; a vambrace or rerebrace.

4. Also called cannon bit, canon bit . a round bit for a horse.

5. the part of a bit that is in the horse's mouth.

6. (on a bell) the metal loop by which a bell is hung.

7. Zool.

a. See cannon bone .

b. the part of the leg in which the cannon bone is situated. See diag. under horse .

8. Brit. a carom in billiards.

9. Underworld Slang. a pickpocket.


10. to discharge cannon.

11. Brit. to make a carom in billiards.

[ 1375-1425 (earlier in AL, AF); late ME canon cannone, equiv. to cann ( a ) tube ( -one aug. suffix ]

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