gun·​nery | \ ˈgən-rē How to pronounce gunnery (audio) , ˈgə-nə- \

Definition of gunnery

: the use of guns especially : the science of the flight of projectiles and of the effective use of guns

Examples of gunnery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eberle was flying gunnery exercises in a single-seater fighter plane with B-29 bombers from Randolph. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Mar. 2021 Instead, France’s airborne troops were more interested in sound tactics and precision gunnery than the pure majesty of perilously setting off the weapon on the open road. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, 30 Nov. 2020 Built in 1944, this P-47D-30-RA was used primarily as an aerial gunnery trainer in the United States. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 The United Army Air Corps used the area as a bombing and gunnery range from 1942 to 1946. Ashley Stimpson, National Geographic, 15 Sep. 2020 Athens sent its own warships in, and Ankara has responded by staging live-fire gunnery exercises in the area this week. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Sep. 2020 At Pile’s request, British gunnery instructors had been indoctrinated with the basics of the device. Jamie Holmes, Wired, 4 Aug. 2020 The squadron, a crack gunnery force built around the armored cruisers Scharnhorst and Gniesnau, was led by Admiral Graf von Spee, probably the most innovative and daring commander in the Imperial German Navy. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, 25 Mar. 2020 The area had earlier been used during World War II as an aerial gunnery range for Army pilots. Fox News, 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gunnery

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunnery was in 1605

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“Gunnery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunnery

: the use of large military guns or the study of how such guns can be used effectively


gun·​nery | \ ˈgə-nə-rē How to pronounce gunnery (audio) \

Kids Definition of gunnery

: the use of guns

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