artillery

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

Definition of artillery

plural artilleries
1 :weapons (such as bows, slings, and catapults) for discharging missiles
2 a :large bore mounted firearms (such 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 in a Sentence

  1. The troops were being bombarded by artillery.

  2. a captain in the artillery

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Origin and Etymology 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

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ARTILLERY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of artillery for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ARTILLERY Defined for Kids

artillery

noun ar·til·lery \ är-ˈti-lə-rē \

Definition of artillery for Students

1 :large firearms (as cannon or rockets)
2 :a branch of an army armed with artillery


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