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cannonball

[kan-uhn-bawl]
noun Also, cannon ball.
1.
a missile, usually round and made of iron or steel, designed to be fired from a cannon.
2.
Tennis. a served ball that travels with great speed and describes little or no arc in flight.
3.
anything that moves with great speed, as an express train.
adjective
4.
made from a curled-up position with the arms pressing the knees against one's chest: a cannonball dive.
5.
moving at great speed: a train known as a cannonball express.

Origin:
1655–65; cannon + ball1

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cannonball (ˈkænənˌbɔːl)
 
n
1.  a projectile fired from a cannon: usually a solid round metal shot
2.  tennis
 a.  a very fast low serve
 b.  (as modifier): a cannonball serve
3.  a jump into water by a person who has his arms tucked into the body to form a ball
 
vb (often foll by along, etc)
4.  to rush along, like a cannonball
5.  to execute a cannonball jump
 
adj
6.  very fast or powerful

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