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Dictionary Definition

cannonball n : a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon [syn: cannon ball, round shot]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a ball which is for firing out of a cannon
  2. a way of running at a swimming pool and jumping in creating a large splash, mimicking the flight and shape of a cannonball
    "I would call it a water-entry stunt, not a dive" — Coach O'Brien quoted in The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.40


2004: The cannonball could be called the S.U.V. of the pool — oversized, brash, hormonally hardwired — The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.40


See also

Extensive Definition

A cannonball is round shot ammunition for a cannon.
By analogy, cannonball is also the name or nickname of:
  • A diving technique in swimming; unlike competitive diving techniques, however, its purpose is to maximize, rather than minimize, splash on water entry.
Fictional Characters
  • Cannonball (film) (1976), a film inspired by Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker and his race
Music albums/songs
Television series
  • Cannonball (TV series), a TV show about two truck drivers, produced in Canada in 1958-59 and syndicated in the U.S. in 1959-60
cannonball in French: Cannonball
cannonball in Dutch: Cannonball
cannonball in Japanese: キャノンボール

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

antelope, arrow, ball, bar shot, belly buster, belly flop, belly whopper, bird shot, blue darter, blue streak, buckshot, bullet, cannon shot, case shot, courser, crash dive, crossbar shot, dart, dive, drop, duck shot, dumdum bullet, eagle, electricity, expanding bullet, express train, fall, flash, gainer, gazelle, grape, grapeshot, greased lightning, greyhound, hare, header, jackknife, jet plane, langrel shot, light, lightning, manstopping bullet, mercury, nose dive, parachute jump, pellet, pitch, plunge, pounce, power dive, quicksilver, rifle ball, rocket, round shot, running dive, scared rabbit, shell, shot, shrapnel, sky dive, slug, split shot, stationary dive, stoop, streak, streak of lightning, striped snake, swallow, swan dive, swoop, thought, thunderbolt, torrent, wind
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