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cannons


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cannon  \Can"non\,  n.;  pl  {Cannons},  collectively  {Cannon}.  [F. 
  cannon,  fr  L.  canna  reed,  pipe,  tube.  See  {Cane}.] 
  1.  A  great  gun;  a  piece  of  ordnance  or  artillery;  a  firearm 
  for  discharging  heavy  shot  with  great  force. 
 
  Note:  Cannons  are  made  of  various  materials,  as  iron,  brass, 
  bronze,  and  steel,  and  of  various  sizes  and  shapes  with 
  respect  to  the  special  service  for  which  they  are 
  intended,  as  intended,  as  siege,  seacoast,  naval, 
  field,  or  mountain,  guns.  They  always  aproach  more  or 
  less  nearly  to  a  cylindrical  from  being  usually 
  thicker  toward  the  breech  than  at  the  muzzle.  Formerly 
  they  were  cast  hollow,  afterwards  they  were  cast, 
  solid,  and  bored  out  The  cannon  now  most  in  use  for 
  the  armament  of  war  vessels  and  for  seacoast  defense 
  consists  of  a  forged  steel  tube  reinforced  with  massive 
  steel  rings  shrunk  upon  it  Howitzers  and  mortars  are 
  sometimes  called  cannon.  See  {Gun}. 
 
  2.  (Mech.)  A  hollow  cylindrical  piece  carried  by  a  revolving 
  shaft,  on  which  it  may  however,  revolve  independently. 
 
  3.  (Printing.)  A  kind  of  type  See  {Canon}. 
 
  {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. 
 
  {Cannon  bullet},  a  cannon  ball.  [Obs.] 
 
  {Cannon  cracker},  a  fire  cracker  of  large  size. 
 
  {Cannon  lock},  a  device  for  firing  a  cannon  by  a  percussion 
  primer. 
 
  {Cannon  metal}.  See  {Gun  Metal}. 
 
  {Cannon  pinion},  the  pinion  on  the  minute  hand  arbor  of  a 
  watch  or  clock,  which  drives  the  hand  but  permits  it  to  be 
  moved  in  setting. 
 
  {Cannon  proof},  impenetrable  by  cannon  balls. 
 
  {Cannon  shot}. 
  a  A  cannon  ball. 
  b  The  range  of  a  cannon. 




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