Full record for laser cannon n.

Definition a large weapon similar in size to a cannon that fires a laser
OED requirements antedating 1966
Earliest cite Larry Niven in If
Comment Carol Phillips submitted a 1971 cite from Larry Niven's "The Fourth Professsion". Sue Surova submitted a cite from Larry Niven in the October 1966 If. Michael Dolbear submitted a 1998 cite from Lois McMaster Bujold's "Komarr". Ralf Brown and Enoch Forrester simultaneously submitted the same cite from a 1983 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's 1972 "The Tar-Aym Krang". Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from K.W. Jeter's "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Armor". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Mike Resnick's 1981 "The Soul Eater". Douglas Winston submitted 1990 cites from Alis A. Rasmussen's "Revolution's Shore".
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Citations for laser cannon n.

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1964 H. P. Lynn Jr. Let. to G. Roddenberry 14 Sept. in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) i. vi. 94 A new name would also serve to silence critics who will contend that a Laser cannon will not whip up dust and will not need to be dug-in.
1966 L. Niven in If Oct. 17/1 Below me was the length of the fusion tube; to the left, the laser cannon.
1971 L. Niven Fourth Profession in Quark Aug. 209 ‘Jerome Finney‥showed that the spectrum was the light of our own sun, drastically blue-shifted. Some kind of mirror was coming at us, moving at a hell of a clip, but slowing as it came.’‘That would mean a light-sail! ’‘Why the big deal, Frazer? I thought you already knew. ’‘No. This is the first I've heard of it. I don't read the Sunday supplements. ’ Morris was exasperated. ‘But you knew enough to call a laser cannon a launching laser! ’
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang 45 Out of the corner of an eye he could see a screen, delicately painted, ruffling in the slight breeze of the chamber's ventilators. Beyond which no doubt the muzzle of a laser-cannon or other inhospitable device was already trained on them.
1981 M. Resnick Soul Eater i. 8 He glanced over some of the orders and began estimating what he'd need: a laser cannon, two vibrators, a molecular imploder (if he could get his hands on one somewhere on Northpoint). There'd be the standard hand weapons: the stungun, the screecher, and an old-fashioned laser pistol.
1990 A. A. Rasmussen Revolution's Shore xiii. 137 Below, firing broke out, too distant to harm them, but trucks were moving, and one had turned to display the shadowed cylinder of a laser cannon, pointed at the height.
1998 L. M. Bujold Komarr xv. 214 Just like swatting flies with a laser cannon. The aim's a bit tricky, but it sure takes care of the flies.
1998 K. W. Jeter Star Wars: Mandalorian Armor xvi. 265 Zuckuss drew back even farther as the massive shape of D'harhan trod heavily forward, the barrel of the laser cannon, now rendered inert and harmless, slanting disconsolately, the tip of its muzzle almost scraping against the landing dock's surface.
2001 Dreamwatch Oct. 8/3 The NX-01 is the smallest of the Enterprise starships, armed with laser cannons and spatial torpedoes.