Meaning of “cannonball” in the English Dictionary

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"cannonball" in British English

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cannonballnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæn.ən.bɔːl/ us /ˈkæn.ən.bɔːl/

Examples from literature

  • A cannonball struck Saint Ruth, as he stood in the middle of the battery and killed him instantly. 
  • A cannonball took off his left arm at the elbow. 
  • Here he was interrupted by a loud report, and a cannonball came tearing through the trees and pitched in the sand not a hundred yards from where we two were talking. 
  • One of these fellows, after being separated from his corps, had been struck by a cannonball which had cut off both his legs and killed his horse. 
  • The first shot has only a tiny charge of explosive, and the cannonball barely makes it out of the muzzle before falling to the ground. 

(Definition of “cannonball” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)