cannon ball


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can·non·ball

also cannon ball (kăn′ən-bôl′)
n.
1. A round projectile fired from a cannon.
2. A jump into water made with the arms grasping the upraised knees, usually intended to make a big splash.
3. Something, such as a fast train, that moves with great speed.
4. Sports A fast low serve in tennis.
intr.v. can·non·balled, can·non·ball·ing, can·non·balls
1. To travel with great speed.
2. To jump into water while grasping one's upraised knees with one's arms.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cannon ball - a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannoncannon ball - a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
projectile, missile - a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
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Again a head shot swiftly out, and the great Lion went rolling down the hill as if he had been struck by a cannon ball.
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Well," said he, "I hardly know; we always liked to hear the trumpet sound, and to be called out, and were impatient to start off, though sometimes we had to stand for hours, waiting for the word of command; and when the word was given we used to spring forward as gayly and eagerly as if there were no cannon balls, bayonets, or bullets.
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