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artillery

noun ar·til·lery \är-ˈti-lər-ē, -ˈtil-rē\

: large guns that are used to shoot over a great distance

: the part of an army that uses large guns to shoot over a great distance

plural ar·til·ler·ies

Full Definition of ARTILLERY

1
:  weapons (as bows, slings, and catapults) for discharging missiles
2
a :  large bore crew-served mounted firearms (as guns, howitzers, and rockets) :  ordnance
b :  a branch of an army armed with artillery
3
:  means of impressing, arguing, or persuading

Examples of ARTILLERY

  1. The troops were being bombarded by artillery.
  2. a captain in the artillery

Origin of ARTILLERY

Middle English artillerie, from Anglo-French, from artiller to equip, arm, alteration of Old French atillier, from Vulgar Latin *apticulare, from Latin aptare to don, prepare, fit — more at adapt
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to ARTILLERY

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with ARTILLERY

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debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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