noun how·it·zer \ˈha-ət-sər\

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

Full Definition of HOWITZER

:  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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