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

Examples of howitzer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The howitzer shells that screamed down upon their heads left little time for textual interpretation, but one thing that became painfully clear was that never before had the ideal been so at the mercy of the real. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Deployed for the first time in combat by Ukraine and provided by a country that is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the drone hit a howitzer operated by the separatists. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 But Ukrainian officials said the country was exercising its right to self-defense after a Russian howitzer attack killed a Ukrainian serviceman and wounded another. Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2021 Luis Gomez was the quarterback, tall and with an arm like a howitzer. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 In the ninth, Renfroe preserved the win with a one-hop howitzer to third base, erasing Tampa Bay’s Joey Wendle, who tried for three after his fly ball skipped past Sox center fielder Danny Santana., 9 Sep. 2021 The group has already shown the ability to use Russian-era D-30 howitzer artillery, for example. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Shortly after midnight, a huge howitzer on base starts pounding out its heavy shells., 30 Aug. 2021 And his four-beat kick into the song's B section had the force of a howitzer salute. Gary Graff, Billboard, 24 Aug. 2021

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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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26 Nov 2021

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“Howitzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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