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 for Cannon shot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cannon \Can"non\, n.; pl. Cannons, collectively Cannon. [F.
     cannon, fr. L. canna reed, pipe, tube. See Cane.]
     1. A great gun; a piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm
        for discharging heavy shot with great force.
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     Note: Cannons are made of various materials, as iron, brass,
           bronze, and steel, and of various sizes and shapes with
           respect to the special service for which they are
           intended, as intended, as siege, seacoast, naval,
           field, or mountain, guns. They always aproach more or
           less nearly to a cylindrical from, being usually
           thicker toward the breech than at the muzzle. Formerly
           they were cast hollow, afterwards they were cast,
           solid, and bored out. The cannon now most in use for
           the armament of war vessels and for seacoast defense
           consists of a forged steel tube reinforced with massive
           steel rings shrunk upon it. Howitzers and mortars are
           sometimes called cannon. See Gun.
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     2. (Mech.) A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving
        shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
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     3. (Printing.) A kind of type. See Canon.
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     Cannon ball, strictly, a round solid missile of stone or
        iron made to be fired from a cannon, but now often applied
        to a missile of any shape, whether solid or hollow, made
        for cannon. Elongated and cylindrical missiles are
        sometimes called bolts; hollow ones charged with
        explosives are properly called shells.
     Cannon bullet, a cannon ball. [Obs.]
     Cannon cracker, a fire cracker of large size.
     Cannon lock, a device for firing a cannon by a percussion
     Cannon metal. See Gun Metal.
     Cannon pinion, the pinion on the minute hand arbor of a
        watch or clock, which drives the hand but permits it to be
        moved in setting.
     Cannon proof, impenetrable by cannon balls.
     Cannon shot.
        (a) A cannon ball.
        (b) The range of a cannon.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CANNON SHOT, war. The distance which a cannon will throw a ball. 2. The 
  whole space of the sea, within cannon shot of the coast, is considered as 
  making a part of the territory; and for that reason, a vessel taken under 
  the cannon of a neutral fortress, is not a lawful prize. Vatt. b. 1, c. 23, 
  s. 289, in finem Chitt. Law of Nat. 113; Mart. Law of Nat. b. 8, c. 6, s. 6; 
  3 Rob. Adm. Rep. 102, 336; 5 Id. 373; 3 Hagg. Adm. R. 257. This part of the 
  sea being considered as part of the adjacent territory, (q.v.) it follows 
  that magistrates can cause the orders of their governments to be executed 
  there. Three miles is considered as the greatest distance that the force of 
  gunpowder can carry a bomb or a ball. Azun. far. Law, part 2, c. 2, art. 2, 
  Sec. 15; Bouch. Inst. n. 1848. The anonymous author of the poem, Della 
  Natura, lib. 5, expresses this idea in the following lines: Tanto slavanza 
  in mar questo dominio, Quant esser puo d'antemurale e guardia, Fin dove puo 
  da terra in mar vibrandosi Correr di cavo bronzo acceso fulinine. Far as the 
  sovereign can defend his sway, Extends his empire o'er the watery way; The 
  shot sent thundering to the liquid plain, Assigns the limits of his just 
  domain. Vide League. 

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