Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A round projectile fired from a cannon.
  • n. A jump into water made with the arms grasping the upraised knees.
  • n. Something, such as a fast train, moving with great speed.
  • n. Sports A fast low serve in tennis.
  • intransitive v. To travel with great speed.
  • intransitive v. To jump into water while grasping one's upraised knees with one's arms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The result of running and jumping in a flexed position into a swimming pool to create a large splash, mimicking the flight and shape of a cannonball.
  • n. Something that moves fast.
  • n. a served ball that travels with great speed and describes little or no arc in flight.
  • v. To jump/dive into water doing a cannonball landing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon

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Examples

  • A few steps away, a kneeling artilleryman lifts one cannonball from a pile, presumably to bring it to the cannoneers for loading.

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  • This cosmic cannonball is challenging theories to explain its blistering speed.

    November 28th, 2007

  • In our high school class there are only fifteen boys, and every summer some of us camp out by the river and cannonball from the cliffs into the current.

    Lost in the Meritocracy

  • One position, known as "cannonball," entails hugging the knees to the chest and swinging upside down in arcs.

    Headstands With the Greatest of Ease

  • But since Salman's murder he has been unable to write a word 'Human cannonball' plunges to his death as safety net fails at Kent fairground Take responsibility, Arsene, and admit the Gunners have problems Nick Clegg joins in at last to attack 'dinosaurs who are against AV' London is royal party capital: Wills and Kate thrilled by plans for 2,000 outdoor celebrations

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  • Officially, the Panama Limited and later the City of New Orleans, the cannonball was the subject of many great songs, usually about a man getting away from some kind of trouble.

    Expecting Rain

  • Surviving the dissolution of the 'cannonball' which carried them through the sky Ganju and

    The Green Lantern

  • GERALD Whittle was driving with the sun in his eyes and chatting about the weather when a "cannonball" smashed the windscreen of his four-wheel-drive on a Melbourne freeway.

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  • Rock thrower shatters windscreen GERALD Whittle was driving with the sun in his eyes and chatting about the weather when a "cannonball" smashed the windscreen of his four-wheel-drive on a Melbourne freeway.

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  • So yes, we have to be able to say "cannonball" and have it refer to some physical object as a prerequisite for making the model, but it looks to me as if the model also needs a notion of analogue that's at a different level from linguistic reference.

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