a jump cannon

Cannon

[kan-uhn]
noun
1.
Annie Jump [juhmp] , 1863–1941, U.S. astronomer.
2.
Joseph Gurney [gur-nee] , ("Uncle Joe") 1836–1926, U.S. politician and legislator.
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cannon (ˈkænən)
 
n , pl -nons, -non
1.  an automatic aircraft gun of large calibre
2.  history a heavy artillery piece consisting of a metal tube mounted on a carriage
3.  a heavy tube or drum, esp one that can rotate freely on the shaft by which it is supported
4.  the metal loop at the top of a bell, from which it is suspended
5.  See cannon bone
6.  billiards
 a.  a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
 b.  Usual US and Canadian word: carom the points scored by this
7.  a rebound or bouncing back, as of a ball off a wall
8.  either of the two parts of a vambrace
 
vb (often foll by into)
9.  to collide (with)
10.  short for cannonade
11.  (intr) billiards to make a cannon
 
[C16: from Old French canon, from Italian cannone cannon, large tube, from canna tube, cane1]

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Word Origin & History

cannon
c.1400, "tube for projectiles," from O.Fr. canon (14c.), from It. cannone "large tube," augmentive of L. canna "reed, tube" (see cane). Cannon fodder (1891) translates Ger. kanonenfutter (cf. Shakespeare's food for powder in "I Hen. IV"). Spelling not differentiated from canon
till c.1800. Cannon ball is from 1660s.
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Cannon   (kān'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
American astronomer noted for her work on classifying stellar spectra. Cannon classified the spectra of 225,300 stars brighter than magnitude 8.5, as well as 130,000 fainter stars.
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