Cannon shot

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A cannon ball.
The range of a cannon.

See also: Cannon, Cannon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The sea was like oil, the moon shone in all splendor, and the Shark continued to sleep so soundly that not even a cannon shot would have awakened him.
He rose again to the surface, struggled with the last desperate effort of a drowning man, uttered a third cry, and felt himself sinking, as if the fatal cannon shot were again tied to his feet.
It was night when one of these vessels, which had created such a sensation among the inhabitants of Belle-Isle, dropped anchor within cannon shot of the place.
As the colonel had calculated, Stephanie crossed the fictitious plain of the Beresina at nine o'clock in the morning, when she was awakened by a cannon shot not a hundred yards from the spot where the experiment was to be tried.
In the fresh morning air were now heard, not two or three musket shots at irregular intervals as before, followed by one or two cannon shots, but a roll of volleys of musketry from the slopes of the hill before Pratzen, interrupted by such frequent reports of cannon that sometimes several of them were not separated from one another but merged into a general roar.
Sir John Moore met his fate in that battle via cannon shot to the chest, but what happened to the gold became a mystery.
The ball rolled to Boualem Khoukhi, who fired a cannon shot to hit the crossbar and the rebound was dispatched with precision by Haydos from eight yards on the half-hour mark.
The sound of the cannon shot is heard till 10 kilometers.
When you are in the water, the sound of the engines going in and out of gear can be equated to a cannon shot and I've blamed more than one missed fish I was lining upon whomever was running the boat (not my poor marksmanship).
"At the main Lucas works in Great King Street workers manufactured Spitfire wing subassemblies and, amongst other crucial things, the Wolseley produced 20-mm cannon shot and armour piercing nose caps for both Spitfires and Hurricanes; whilst Reynold's Tubes of Tyseley made Spitfire wing spans and light alloy tubing.
As a booming cannon shot marked the beginning of the two minutes' silence, thousands of poppies were released from the roof of St George's Hall over the city centre.
Like a cannon shot, a car horn blasts, retaliation follows, the atmosphere pierced with infectious anger, a bubble of seasonal joy destroyed.