artillery

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

Definition of artillery

plural

artilleries

  1. 1 :  weapons (such as bows, slings, and catapults) for discharging missiles

  2. 2a :  large bore mounted firearms (such as guns, howitzers, and rockets) :  ordnanceb :  a branch of an army armed with artillery

  3. 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

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


First Known Use: 15th century



ARTILLERY Defined for English Language Learners

artillery

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

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. 1 :  large firearms (as cannon or rockets)

  2. 2 :  a branch of an army armed with artillery



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