Cannon-ball

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cannon-ball a ball usually made of cast-iron, to be shot from a cannon
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. canon, from L. canna, a reed.

Usage

In literature:

If a cannon-ball had knocked him over he could not be deader than he is.
"Halil the Pedlar" by Mór Jókai
Piles of cannon-balls, old cannon, splinters of shells are tastefully arranged on the walls.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
The cannon balls had done much, but the flames had done more.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Father is tearing, though he goes around looking as if he wouldn't jump at a cannon-ball.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But Guynemer, regardless of rules and stratagems, merely fell on his enemy like a cannon ball.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
In the battle a cannon-ball struck the flag-pole on the fort, and cut it in two.
"The Beginner's American History" by D. H. Montgomery
The sailor of our company was heaping cannon-balls ready for use.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
The fire of the enemy was kept up more briskly than ever, but famine and disease killed more than cannon-balls.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
All day long they heard the crashing or thumping of balls, and felt the leap and rebound of cannon.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Gypsy initiated her into the mysteries of "cannon-firing" from the great icy forts, and taught her how to roll the huge balls of snow.
"Gypsy's Cousin Joy" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Copper cannon ball scarcely one inch in diameter.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
He was struck by a cannon-ball at the battle of Dresden, August 27, and died September 2, 1813.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 6" by Lord Byron
There are also round cannon-ball-shaped bombs, and special bombs for starting a conflagration when they strike.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
The cannon balls would be for them as well as for the Tommies of their regiments.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
As he reached the deck the boom of a cannon was heard, and at the same instant a ball passed through the mainsail.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
Twenty times he heaves a cannon ball into the air, and twenty times he catches it safely on his neck.
"Europe After 8:15" by H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
I believe it is a known fact that every man who is struck with a cannon-ball cries out instinctively.
"Notes and Queries, Number 187, May 28, 1853" by Various
At last, late in July, the mouth of the Cannon Ball was reached.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
I feel just as I did after that there cannon ball took off my legs.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
But it would be only waste of powder; and I'm not going to waste any of the cannon balls.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Ben Battle was a soldier bold,
And used to war's alarms;
But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
So he laid down his arms.
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
With the Sauntering Sue on the ocean floor
And them cannon balls rolling inside,
They hated to think of Eberly Moore
And Eberly's fair young bride.
"Eberly's Fair Young Bride" by Wallace Irwin
I stand again in leaden rain, your flapping folds saluting;
I sing you over all, flying, beckoning through the fight—O the hard-
contested fight!
O the cannons ope their rosy-flashing muzzles! the hurtled balls
scream!
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
From your impregnable ramparts high
Like the loud thunder in the sky
Enough to frighten a foreign foe away
That would dare to come up the river Tay,
To lay siege to Bonnie Dundee,
I'm sure your cannon-balls wouId make them flee—
"Broughty Ferry" by William Topaz McGonagall
Yet there stood Nelson, the noble Hero of the Nile,
In the midst of death and destruction on deck all the while;
And around him on every side, the cannon balls did rattle,
But right well the noble hero knew the issue of the battle.
"The Battle Of The Nile" by William Topaz McGonagall
And with a cannon-ball the Prince's horse was shot above the knee,
So that Charles had to change him for another immediately;
And one of his servants who led the horse was killed on the spot,
Which by Prince Charles Stuart was never forgot.
"The Battle of Culloden" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

When your company has been around long enough to have made cannon balls for Napoleon, you probably know a little about metallurgy.
Denise Illig Robison, chair of Mariner's Ball started off festivities that includes a War of 1812 color guard, cannon blasts, three flyover salutes and a fireworks display.
Germany is the Mecca for Heavy Metal and nothing says metal like doing a half naked cannon ball into a frozen pool.
Guy Trys a Cannon Ball On A Frozen Pool.
Springfield Historic Cannon Ball House to be part of Four Centuries in a weekend, Oct 20.
They learned that when they accidentally fired a cannon ball through a couple home.
Imagine you are laying in bed and hear a cannon ball whiz past your head.
All-time jazz greats like, Cannon Ball Adderley, Miles Davis, Joshua Redman, Bob James, Maceo Parker, FourPlay, Bill Evens and Wes Montgomery are being played on ESB radio.
Nick Cannon performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
This is Harold Stokes from BYU and he made a ping-pong ball cannon.
At first thought, I imagine a big guy cannon balling into a pool, measure the distance of the spash or maybe even small children in swimmies that were catapolted out during the blast.
The actor, playwright, composer, author, comedian and—as he would have it, "eruditer" and "human cannon ball"—talks about his two current passions, banjo and bluegrass.
Impervious to the cannon-balls of opposing ships, the frigate USS Constitution earned the nickname "Old Ironsides".
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In science:

The CCCD work is an outgrowth of the Class Cover Problem, which does not allow balls to cover wrong-class points [Cannon and Cowen (2004)].
Prototype selection for interpretable classification
Another suggestion is that GRBs arise not from fluid fireball jets, but are rather “cannon balls” ejected from the central engine424,425 .
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
The picture is taken from analogy with some observations in micro-quasars and supernova remnants, although it is unclear how cannon balls could survive as compact entities against instabilities if they are accelerated over a large dynamical range of radii and Lorentz factors.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
By continuity of the Cannon-Thurston map (Theorem 3.18) there exists N (k) → ∞ as k → ∞ such that ak bk lies outside an N (k) ball about 1 ∈ Γ ⊂ fM , where radius is measured in the hyperbolic metric on fM .
Cannon-Thurston Maps for Kleinian Groups
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