Definition of cannonade in English:

cannonade

noun

  • A period of continuous heavy gunfire.

    • ‘All killings, all maimings, all arrogant demolishions of people's homes, all assassinations, all bombings, all suicide attacks, all aerial slaugherings, all tank cannonades, all invasions are inherently wrong.’
    • ‘None of them were present at the famous cannonade, but their main forces were certainly caught up in the rain-soaked and disease-ravaged retreat which followed.’
    • ‘Yet, what impresses throughout is the highly imaginative state-of-the-art stagecraft depicting everything from cannonades against sailing ships to samurai massacres.’
    • ‘A desultory cannonade began at about 14.00, and as it seemed likely that there would be no battle that day Newcastle retired to his coach.’
    • ‘They were thrilled by the appearance of a l2-person heritage guard, a cannonade fired in salute and a fly past by a Navy Seahawk helicopter from HMAS ALBATROSS.’
    • ‘Riding a magnificent horse over flower-strewn, gold-embroidered carpets, greeted by cannonades and cheers, Jem happily confirms the rumour that ‘the Rhodian women were considered the loveliest in Europe‘.’
    • ‘Soon after 6 pm the spasmodic barking of the night-time cannonade (now normal in spite of its intensity) gave place to a ‘kettle-drum bombardment’.’
    • ‘This was a recipe for confusion and bloodshed; it culminated in the disastrous French cannonade on Damascus in November 1944.’
    • ‘I asked him if he sincerely thought that his daily cannonade of reports, forms, checks and feedbacks led to a better or worse health service, whether in the short term or the long.’
    • ‘Full-page ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post are now standard weapons for enviro campaigns, but no one had thought of using advertising as a cannonade before Brower.’
    • ‘An immersion theatre using the latest special effects will give visitors an idea of the bloody carnage that the relentless cannonade of grapeshot inflicted on the Jacobite lines.’
    • ‘A national salute and two cannonades, one from Brooklyn Heights the other from Jersey City, greeted the Vanderbilt.’
    • ‘In the 2000 ceremony, to make up for lost time, the Church created 860 additional saints, making this by far the biggest cannonade of saints ever set off in Russia.’
    • ‘The son et lumière raged off Southsea Common, watched by hundreds of thousands of people long past dusk, before a stunning 15-minute cannonade of fireworks lit up the Solent.’
    • ‘Brown intends to put this right in his budget speech next week, however, when he will launch a cannonade against what their cuts in services would mean.’
    • ‘I know what it means to live in terror, to run under air strikes and cannonades, to see people killed and houses destroyed, to starve and dream of a piece of bread, to miss even a glass of drinking water.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, after his cannonade of criticism, Kramer's book offers only small-bore recommendations, ‘modest’ by his own admission.’
    • ‘Melba's initial trill possessed the ballistic force of a cannonade.’
    • ‘What we need is a cannonade to knock out whoever might be there.’
    • ‘Three times the German armor attempted to break through, but, as more battalions of American artillery joined the cannonade, the enemy at last gave way.’
    bombardment, shelling, gunfire, artillery fire, barrage, battery, attack, pounding
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Discharge heavy guns continuously.

    ‘the daily cannonading continued’
    • ‘Megalithic standing stones and a 5000 year-old passage grave, a twelfth century church ruin, a fourteenth century O'Driscoll castle, cannonaded in the early 1600s, suggest times past.’
    • ‘He has resumed with gusto his cannonading of Congress and the establishment, doing what he does best.’
    • ‘The winds buffeted the houses, slates blew off roofs and cannonaded against roads or windows in their path.’
    • ‘Her fears for her husband, who left two weeks later, were intensified when she heard cannonading from her own home.’
    • ‘As the straight drives cannonaded off Ranji's bat, father stopped bowling lest he get hurt!’
    • ‘Raucous, sometimes almost spiritual singing, pushes from cellars, echoing and cannonading off the narrow whitewashed alleys.’
    • ‘Even as the thunder rolled off the cliff faces in deafening, cannonading peals, a cuttingly cold wind turned the downpour to stinging, slanting, mist-laden torrents, making it difficult to see.’
    • ‘We are looking daily for a big fight to come off, even now cannonading is distinctly heard.’
    • ‘During the fight the cannonading was so violent that the crew of the Naesborg could not stand erect on the deck.’
    • ‘During the three days no help came to Bellew and shortly after Hardress cannonaded the castle and town and took it.’
    • ‘The enormous guns are now cannonading & preparing the way for our infantry.’
    • ‘Gouts of superheated water geysered, consumed by the column of fire, each rocketing fountain propelled heavenward by a deafening, heart-stopping concussion that left cannonading echoes in its wake.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, from Italian cannonata, from cannone (see cannon).

Pronunciation

cannonade

/ˌkanəˈnād//ˌkænəˈneɪd/