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cannon ball

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cannon ball a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cannon ball strictly, a round solid missile of stone or iron made to be fired from a cannon, but now often applied to a missile of any shape, whether solid or hollow, made for cannon. Elongated and cylindrical missiles are sometimes called bolts; hollow ones charged with explosives are properly called shells.
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Usage

In literature:

They were moving in curves, just like cannon-balls in motion.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
He ducked quickly, sure he had escaped a cannon ball until the laugh of the man at his side told of his mistake.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Some fellows, you know, don't like to have cannon balls fired at them.
"Under the Great Bear" by Kirk Munroe
Its owner's head had been shattered by a cannon-ball, and the very teeth transformed into a radiating spray of swift and deadly missiles.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
A Commander in the field is like a cannon ball.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Nothing destroys illusion on the stage more than a cannon ball falling with a soft pat.
"Plays of Near & Far" by Lord Dunsany
If he gets out of there he will never play cannon-ball again.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
It was merely a question of firing a few cannon balls and pretending to scale the walls, in short, of making a false attack.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
The balls for the cannon are on the roof.
"The Broncho Rider Boys with Funston at Vera Cruz" by Frank Fowler
Why did not a compassionate cannon-ball have mercy on me, and give me death on the field of honor?
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
The calf shot past him like an animated cannon-ball.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
It looks like a little speckled cannon-ball.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
Their crowded soldiers were simply targets for the English cannon-balls.
"Flag and Fleet" by William Wood
He escaped without a wound, though he was covered with blood of a soldier killed by a cannon-ball close behind him.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
A bullet or a cannon ball moves so swiftly that it is not seen.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
One poor fellow had had his arm torn off by a cannon ball: the flesh hung in strings.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
It was probably during these operations that the specimens of stone and iron cannon balls still remaining were used.
"The Hawarden Visitors' Hand-Book Revised Edition, 1890" by William Henry Gladstone
Cannon have been added, but there are not enough balls to go round.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Tell me, my Dutchman, doth a cannon ball give short shrift, or were it easier to die by the steel?
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
The more weakness the more falsehood; strength goes straight: every cannon ball that has in it hollows and holes goes crooked.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
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In poetry:

And I, a missile steeped in hate,
Hurled forward like a cannon-ball
By the resistless hand of fate,
Rushed wildly, madly through it all.
"An Address Of An Ex-Confederate Soldier, To The Grand Army Of The Republic" by Maurice Thompson
Woe for the Baron and his knights so strong,
When the cruel cannon-balls laid 'em all along;
He was taken prisoner, he was cast in thrall,
And Iron — Cold Iron — was master of it all!
"Cold Iron" by Rudyard Kipling
I'm telling you now how strange seasons fall.
We have here rain and sleet in the month of July,
And hailstones as big as a small cannon-ball —
And they do as much harm — not a word of a lie!
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
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
Well, what is a soldier? A tool, a machine —
To be marched — to be fought — to be killed —
When the hot cannon balls come crashing, between
The ranks of our sons, dealing death, is it not
A worse doom than defeat to stand still and be shot?
"The Zouaves At Bethel" by Anonymous Americas

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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