• WordNet 3.6
    • v cannonade attack with cannons or artillery
    • n cannonade intense and continuous artillery fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cannonade Fig.; A loud noise like a cannonade; a booming. "Blue Walden rolls its cannonade ."
    • Cannonade The act of discharging cannon and throwing ball, shell, etc., for the purpose of destroying an army, or battering a town, ship, or fort; -- usually, an attack of some continuance. "A furious cannonade was kept up from the whole circle of batteries on the devoted towm."
    • v. t Cannonade To attack with heavy artillery; to batter with cannon shot.
    • v. i Cannonade To discharge cannon; as, the army cannonaded all day.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cannonade A continued discharge of cannon or artillery; specifically, such a discharge directed against an enemy.
    • cannonade To attack with ordnance or artillery; batter with cannon.
    • cannonade To discharge cannon; fire large guns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cannonade an attack with cannon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. Canonnade,; cf. It. cannanata,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. canon, from L. canna, a reed.


In literature:

Upon returning, he found that Jean Groseillers had come back to the fort with news of more cannonading farther inland.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
They were met with a furious cannonade.
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
In Petrograd the New Year is ushered in with a cannonade of one hundred shots fired at midnight.
"Yule-Tide in Many Lands" by Mary P. Pringle and Clara A. Urann
The British ships, after taking their stations, commenced an incessant and heavy cannonade on the American works.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 2 (of 5)" by John Marshall
She loved to watch the fiery rain; but she was also waiting for a lull in the cannonading that she might release her swan.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
In the distance, with the thunder of the cannonade and the flashes of fire, it looked as if a great battle were raging.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
On the 17th, Tippoo cannonaded the British camp from a distance, but without doing great damage.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Early in the morning a heavy cannonade was heard in the distance, causing the greatest excitement among the Mahrattas.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
It was Dinky-Dunk who jumped to life as though he had indeed been cannonaded.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
All I can remember now of the 23d is that it was a Sunday, and that we could hear cannonading all day long from the east.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
Five minutes after, the cannonade commenced.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The cannonading began in the morning and continued all day.
"Sir Joshua Reynolds" by Estelle M. Hurll
But she received the cannonade, which would have crushed some women, with perfect equanimity.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
This time, he was wakened by a sharp voice, mingled with a throbbing sound that seemed part of a dream of the cannonading in the Argonne.
"Dearest" by Henry Beam Piper
Some of the buildings bear the marks of the cannonading in the Revolution of 1835.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
The cannonading began about nine in the morning, and continued on both sides till one in the afternoon.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
The cannonade has been audible for the last half-hour.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
A cannonade was for some time kept up on both sides, but the armies were beyond range of artillery.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
During the first and second days of the march, cannonading had been heard at intervals on the right flank.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
Any cannonading at the fort could be heard more plainly now, and it was certain that it had not yet surrendered.
"Ahead of the Army" by W. O. Stoddard

In poetry:

So unharmed and unafraid
Sat the swallow still and brooded,
Till the constant cannonade
Through the walls a breach had made,
And the siege was thus concluded.
"The Emperor's Bird's-Nest. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We could not pause, while yet the noontide air
Shook with the cannonade's incessant pealing,
The funeral pageant fitly to prepare—
A nation's great revealing.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
I wandered to a crude coast
Like a ghost;
Upon the hills I saw fires —
Funeral pyres
Seemingly — and heard breaking
Waves like distant cannonades that set the land shaking.
"The Discovery" by Thomas Hardy
The Sikhs were posted on courses of deep water,
But the British in a short time soon did them scatter.
Whilst the British cannonading loudly hums,
And in the distance were heard the enemy's drums.
"The Battle Of Gujrat" by William Topaz McGonagall
"On end for plunder, 'mid rain and thunder
That burst with the lull of our cannonade,
We vamped the streets in the stifling air—
Our hunger unsoothed, our thirst unstayed—
And ransacked the buildings there.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy
Then the Scottish artillery opened with a fearful cannonade;
But the English army seemed to be not the least afraid,
And they quickly answered them by their cannon on the plain;
While innocent blood did flow, just like a flood of rain.
"The Battle of Flodden Field" by William Topaz McGonagall