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howitzer

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noun how·it·zer \ˈhau̇-ət-sər\

Simple Definition of howitzer

  • : a large gun that is used to fire shells high into the air for a short distance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of howitzer

  1. :  a short cannon used to fire projectiles at medium muzzle velocities and with relatively high trajectories

Origin of howitzer

Dutch houwitser, ultimately from Czech houfnice ballista


First Known Use: 1695


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