Definition of howitzer
: a short cannon used to fire projectiles at medium muzzle velocities and with relatively high trajectories
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The day began at 11 a.m. with a fitting American symphony, the ringing of church bells and the thundering blasts of six howitzers, booming 50 straight times to salute each and every state.
US Marines have also used M777 howitzers in support of SDF units fighting ISIS in northern Syria.
This 200-ton howitzer artillery gun is too heavy to transport in one piece.
Last month, about 200 Marines rolled into northern Syria backed with howitzers, significantly widening America’s footprint in a highly toxic battlefield.
The up-to-date Faninal deals in Howitzers and machine guns, showing off his wares to military brass moments before his daughter is to be betrothed.
The Army currently does not have an anti-ship missile, and Army howitzers and rocket launchers are, for now, anyway, incapable of striking moving targets at sea.
Mr. Cruz was an Ivy League debate champion; Mr. Roe worked on his family’s hog farm before joining the National Guard at 17, training with howitzers.
The airborne ADS would supplement the formidable firepower of Special Forces AC-130 gunships, which currently includes a 105-mm howitzer and 25-mm Gatling guns.
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Origin and Etymology of howitzer
Dutch houwitser, ultimately from Czech houfnice ballista
First Known Use: 1695See Words from the same year
HOWITZER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of howitzer for English Language Learners
: a large gun that is used to fire shells high into the air for a short distance
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