cannonade

[kan-uh-neyd]
noun
1.
a continued discharge of cannon, especially during an attack.
2.
an attack, as of invective or censure, suggestive of cannon fire; barrage.
verb (used with object), cannonaded, cannonading.
3.
to attack continuously with or as if with cannon
verb (used without object), cannonaded, cannonading.
4.
to discharge like continuous cannon fire.

Origin:
1645–55; < French canonnade < Italian cannonata, equivalent to cannon(e) cannon + -ata -ade1

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cannonade (ˌkænəˈneɪd)
 
n
1.  an intense and continuous artillery bombardment
 
vb
2.  to attack (a target) with cannon

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cannonade
"discharge of artillery," 1650s, from cannon + -ade. As a verb, from 1660s. Cf. Fr. canonnade (16c.), It. cannonata.
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Example sentences
Failing in this, the enemy opened a heavy cannonade all along the line.
It began with a cannonade from the nawab's artillery.
For several hours a heavy cannonade was kept up on both sides, during which both captains were.
Language is powerless to describe the fury of this cannonade.
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