ar·​til·​lery | \ är-ˈti-lər-ē How to pronounce artillery (audio) , -ˈtil-rē\
plural artilleries

Definition of artillery

1 : weapons (such as bows, slings, and catapults) for discharging missiles
2a : 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

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Synonyms for artillery


guns, ordnance

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Examples of artillery in a Sentence

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

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In addition, the armies of both countries are reportedly trading artillery barrages on the ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Aircraft Shot Down As Crisis Between India and Pakistan Escalates," 27 Feb. 2019 Bashar Assad’s regime is now firing artillery and conducting airstrikes on rebel areas in Daraa and Quneitra provinces near Jordan and Israel with Russian and Iranian help. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Putin’s Confliction Zone," 28 June 2018 Meanwhile, each side is bringing in the heavy artillery. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Will New Jersey Decide GOP Majority?," 22 Oct. 2018 And then later on in that year November 2010 there was the North Korean artillery the bombardment of the South Korean island. Fox News, "Rep. Matt Gaetz reacts to the House's Russia report," 28 Apr. 2018 In Kunduz, Taliban fighters tried to overrun a military security post in the district of Dasht-e-Arch, using artillery shells, according to army spokesman Mohammad Hanif Rezaie, who is based in Balkh province. Washington Post, "Afghan officials: Taliban kill at least 15 troops, 4 police," 12 July 2018 The psychoacoustic effects of continuous artillery bombardment and vibrations could be devastating to those at the front. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 The situation there is desperate after a three-year Houthi siege, replete with artillery bombardments on civilian centers, indiscriminate sniper fire, and planting of land mines. Mohammed Al-jaber, WSJ, "The Saudis Want Peace in Yemen," 23 Dec. 2018 While showing unease about the North's development of ICBMs, the United States, unlike its ally, doesn't have to worry about a barrage of artillery raining down on its cities. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Unfinished business: Moon's summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of artillery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of artillery was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of artillery

: 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


ar·​til·​lery | \ är-ˈti-lə-rē\

Kids Definition of artillery

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

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