• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cannon-shot a cannon-ball: the distance to which a cannon will throw a ball
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.”


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


In literature:

Great limbs of trees, torn off by cannon shot, came down on horse and rider, crushing them to earth.
""Shiloh" as Seen by a Private Soldier" by Warren Olney
Suddenly a cannon shot is heard.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
It was unmistakably a cannon shot.
"Bamboo Tales" by Ira L. Reeves
He says he thought of it every time the cannon was fired, knowing where the shot would go.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
A few cannon-shot struck her sloping armoured sides, and rebounded with a ringing clang.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Now, the double eagle was floating from San Tecla, a fort within cannon shot of Genoa.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Saplings cut through at the base by cannon shot fell with a crash.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
At that moment a cannon-shot struck the roof, and dashed down a large portion of its fragments on the floor.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
The British at the fort fired two cannon shots to let their countrymen know that they still held Detroit.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
All were startled to hear the report of a cannon shot.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
While Moreau was conversing with the Emperor Alexander a cannon-shot nearly carried off both his legs.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
The cannon shot which plunged into the brain of Charles XII.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
I had not been there more than a quarter of an hour when a cannon-shot came and took the captain's head clean off.
"The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence" by William Lawrence
Cannon-shot plowed the ground and tossed up the gravel around the redoubt.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The arsenals are being gorged with cannon, with shot and shell.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly over the walls.
"Remember the Alamo" by R. R. Fehrenbach
The cannon-shot was followed, after a considerable interval, by a volley of small arms.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Towards morning I was awakened by two cannon-shots.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
To the demand for surrender, Travis answered with a cannon shot.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
And of what avail then the shotted cannon, the firelocks in the loop-holes!
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock

In poetry:

I see the murderous cannon fused,
With its death-dealing shot and shell,
For making railway carwheels used,
Or civil railway tracks as well.
"The Donation Visit" by David John Scott
Home again to their own land
Because your cannon shot they could not withstand,
They would soon be glad to get away
From the beautiful shores of the silvery Tay.
"Broughty Ferry" by William Topaz McGonagall
HURRAH for revolution and more cannon-shot!
A beggar upon horseback lashes a beggar on foot.
Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again!
The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on.
"The Great Day" by William Butler Yeats
Oh! it must have been a glorious sight
To see Sir Garnet Wolseley in the thickest of the fight!
In the midst of shot and shell, and the cannons roar,
Whilst the dead and the dying lay weltering in their gore.
"The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir" by William Topaz McGonagall
Nay, start not from your chairs, in dread
Of cannon-shot, or bursting shell!
These shall not fall upon your head,
As once upon your house they fell.
We have a weapon, firmer set
And better than the bayonet;—
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont
And the Guards and the Inniskillings were eager for the fray,
Also the Gordon Highlanders and Cameron Highlanders in grand array;
Likewise the dismounted Cavalry and the noble Dragoons,
Who never fear'd the cannons shot when it loudly booms.
"The Battle of Alexandria" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

How many cannons and flaming hoops does Karen Feld have to be shot out of and through to get what's hers.
Shot out of a cannon, a skier careens through the smithereens of another ski season.
Fort Worth Opera begins its annual festival with a cannon shot.
Over 30 cans of marijuana were shot into Yuma via cannon, Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday.
Over 30 cans of marijuana were shot into Yuma via cannon , Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday.
Marvin Cannon 's defense attorneys had one last shot to speak to the judge face-to-face to keep their client alive.
A Potrero man who had been drinking accidentally shot a homemade cannon into his own home early today, fatally injuring his wife inside, authorities said.
On a recent afternoon, a group of schoolchildren ran through the Independence Seaport Museum, shrieking with delight as they shot cannons and sounded foghorns.
The constable who shot a suspected shoplifter at a Walmart is being described as a loose cannon and for years Metro Council has tried to rein him in.
Boston Cannons all-star and two-time MLL MVP Paul Rabil walks through three drills he uses to improve his shot.
Thirty-three marijuana-filled cans were found on the Arizona side of the Mexican border, apparently shot over the fence with an air-pressured cannon.
History came alive Saturday as re-enactors fired shots from muskets and cannons in an open field along E.
Marvin's impact- resistant glass was tested to withstand an 8-ft. Long stud shot out of a cannon at 50 ft.