Definition of cannonball in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkanənˌbôl/


1A round metal or stone projectile fired from a cannon in former times.
Example sentences
  • Mortars, as seen in the top right and bottom left hand pictures, were used to fire cannonballs over walls into a courtyard to kill soldiers and cause general damage.
  • Dozens of rounds of ammo, bombs and even cannonballs are fired at the trio, yet don't produce one scratch.
  • Also uncovered were musket balls, cannonballs, a grenade and tools.
1.1 (also cannonball dive) North American A jump into water performed upright with the knees clasped to the chest.
Example sentences
  • She ran down the hill, off the deck, and did a cannonball into the water.
  • Yukirin quickly leaped into the water, doing a cannonball and splashing Fiona.
  • Suddenly, Tyler did a cannonball into the water.

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Syllabification: can·non·ball

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