canon vs cannon : Common Errors in English

About canon vs cannon

“Canon” used to be such a rare word that there was no temptation toconfuse it with “cannon”: a large piece of artillery. The debate overthe literary canon (a list of officially-approved works) and thepopularity of Pachelbel’s Canon (an imitative musical form related tothe common “round”) have changed all that—confusion is rampant. Justremember that the big gun is a “cannon.” All the rest are “canons.” Notethat there are metaphorical uses of “cannon” for objects shaped likelarge guns, such as a horse’s “cannon bone.”

canon Meaning(s)

  • (n) a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy
  • (n) a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
  • (n) a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  • (n) a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
  • (n) a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
  • (n) a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired

cannon Meaning(s)

  • (n) a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
  • (n) heavy gun fired from a tank
  • (n) (Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
  • (n) heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane
  • (n) lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
  • (n) a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
  • (v) make a cannon
  • (v) fire a cannon

canon in News

  1. Prison evacuated because of fire near Canon City

    CANON CITY -- Prisoners who were evacuated because of the fire near Canon City include murderers, rapists and offenders who committed other serious crimes.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Boulder Daily Camera

  2. Canon U.S.A. Introduces The EVERCAM XU-81 And EVERCAM XU-81 W, Full HD Robotic Remote-Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom Indoor ...

    Building on the success of its line of cost-effective, remote-control HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced the durable EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W cameras, which provide improved image resolution, color reproduction, and Canon Auto Focus precision over previous models
    on June 12, 2013 Source: DigitalBroadcastingcom

  3. Canon U.S.A. Showcases Innovative New Projectors and HD Cameras at InfoComm 2013

    Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will exhibit innovative new projection and HD camera products at InfoComm 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center from June 12-14, in Orlando, FL.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

cannon in News

  1. ITT Releases New Cannon Brand Trinity MKJ Series 5 Connector

    ITT Corporation has released the Trinity MKJ Series 5 as part of its Cannon brand of leading connector solutions and will showcase this innovative technology at the Paris Air Show June 17-21.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Commission Cannon Available on the Apple App Store: A New iPhone App that Puts Salesforce in the Pockets of Sales Reps ...

    Available today, the Commission Cannon app offers killer features that set a sales rep up for success. Sales reps get more commissions faster. plus Salesforce on an iPhone means sales numbers are always available. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Civil War cannon has a story to tell

    NEVADA — Story County’s cannon has a story to tell, and now it has some help. Gov. Terry Branstad will be among the dozens of guests on hand at noon Friday for a dedication of an engraved stone commemorating the 1862 Civil War cannon located on the ground of the county administration building in Nevada.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Ames Tribune

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