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cannonade

[kan-uh-neyd] /ˌkæn əˈneɪd/
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
1645-1655
1645-55; < French canonnade < Italian cannonata, equivalent to cannon(e) cannon + -ata -ade1
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Examples from the web for cannonade
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for cannonade

cannonade

/ˌkænəˈneɪd/
noun
1.
an intense and continuous artillery bombardment
verb
2.
to attack (a target) with cannon
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Word Origin and History for cannonade
n.

"discharge of artillery," 1650s, from cannon + -ade. As a verb, from 1660s. Cf. French canonnade (16c.), Italian cannonata. Related: Cannonaded; cannonading.

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