Cannon vs Shank - What's the difference?

cannon | shank |

As a proper noun cannon

is .

As an adjective shank is

(slang) bad.

As a noun shank is

the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle.

As a verb shank is

(archaic|ulster) to travel on foot.




  • A complete assembly, consisting of an artillery tube and a breech mechanism, firing mechanism or base cap, which is a component of a gun, howitzer or mortar. It may include muzzle appendages.(JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
  • A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock.
  • (historical) A large muzzle-loading artillery piece.
  • (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A carom.
  • In English billiards, a cannon is when one's cue ball strikes the other player's cue ball and the red ball on the same shot; and it is worth two points.
  • (baseball, figuratively, informal) The arm of a player that can throw well.
  • He's got a cannon out in right.
  • (engineering) A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
  • (printing) (a large size of type)
  • Usage notes

    The unchanged plural is preferred in Great Britain and Ireland, while North Americans and Australians tend to use the regular plural cannons . On aircraft, autocannons are sometimes called "cannons" for short.


    (en verb)
  • To bombard with cannons
  • (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To play the carom billiard shot. To strike two balls with the cue ball
  • The white cannoned off the red onto the pink.
  • To fire something, especially spherical, rapidly.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=September 2 , author= , title=Wales 2-1 Montenegro , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Montenegro had hardly threatened in the second period but served notice they were still potent as Nikola Vukcevic took a smart pass from Jovetic and cannoned a shot off Hennessey's shins.}}




  • (slang) Bad.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The part of the leg between the knee and the ankle.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide / For his shrunk shank .
  • Meat from that part of an animal.
  • A straight, narrow part of an object, such as a key or an anchor; shaft; stem.
  • The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck.
  • The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point.
  • A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached.
  • The metal part on a curb bit that falls below the mouthpiece of the bit, which length controls the severity of the leverage action of the bit, and to which the reins of the bridle are attached.
  • (sports) A poorly played golf shot in which the ball is struck by the part of the club head that connects to the shaft. See thin,fat,toe.
  • (slang) An improvised stabbing weapon.
  • Any of several species of Old World wading bird in the genus Tringa that are primarily distinguished by their brightly colored legs.
  • A loop forming an eye to a button.
  • (architecture) The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
  • (Gwilt)
  • (metalworking) A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
  • (printing, dated) The body of a type.
  • (shoemaking) The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
  • Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
  • Derived terms

    * greenshank * umbroshank * redshank * shank-nag * shank-weary * shankbone - the bone of the foreleg * shanks' nag * shanks' mare * shanks' pony * Longshanks


    (en verb)
  • (archaic, Ulster) to travel on foot
  • (slang) to stab, especially with an improvised blade
  • (slang) to remove another's pants, especially in jest; to depants
  • (transitive, chiefly, golf, football) to hit or kick the ball in an unintended direction
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 28 , author=Tom Rostance , title=Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Marouane Chamakh then spurned a great chance to kill the game off when he ran onto Andrey Arshavin's lofted through ball but shanked his shot horribly across the face of goal.}}
  • To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; usually followed by off.
  • (Darwin)