how·​it·​zer | \ ˈhau̇-ət-sər How to pronounce howitzer (audio) \

Definition of howitzer

: a short cannon used to fire projectiles at medium muzzle velocities and with relatively high trajectories

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Recent Examples on the Web Complicating matters, the M1A2 Abrams tank uses gasoline, while the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, M109 Paladin howitzer, and other vehicles use diesel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Future Tanks Could Be Powered by Electricity," 16 Sep. 2019 Alpine Meadows has even commissioned the use of a U.S. Army howitzer to fire high-trajectory shells into avalanche starting zones. Gregory Thomas,, "In Tahoe, avalanches pit residents against ski resorts," 1 Apr. 2020 Her rhetorical howitzer across the stage left even the moderators stumped on whom to turn to for a response. New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren ‘Crushed’ the Debate. But Is It Too Late?," 11 Mar. 2020 Three 155 mm howitzers mistakenly killed two of his men and wounded five others. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio veteran’s story helped Hollywood recognize a hero," 13 Jan. 2020 Some four minutes later, Panthers winger Mike Hoffman — who was loading up his howitzer from the high slot when the lights went down early in the second period — trickled a soft backhander underneath Rask, who left room under his pad., "The Bruins were playing lights-out.," 13 Nov. 2019 During the capture of Ras al-Ayn’s residential center, an Associated Press journalist across the border in Turkey heard sporadic clashes as Turkish howitzers struck the town and Turkish jets screeched overhead. Mehmet Guzel, The Denver Post, "Turkish forces capture center of key Syrian border town," 12 Oct. 2019 An Associated Press journalist across the border in Turkey heard the sound of sporadic clashes as Turkish howitzers struck the town and Turkish jets screeched overhead. Mehmet Guzel,, "Turkish forces capture center of key Syrian border town, military says," 12 Oct. 2019 By radioing coordinates to a howitzer miles away, infantrymen can deliver the awful ruin of a 155 mm artillery shell on opposing forces. Elias Groll, Wired, "The Pentagon's AI Chief Prepares for Battle," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of howitzer

1695, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for howitzer

Dutch houwitser, ultimately from Czech houfnice ballista

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The first known use of howitzer was in 1695

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“Howitzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of howitzer

: a large gun that is used to fire shells high into the air for a short distance

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