howitzer

noun
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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The only difference between a field of networked mines and artillery is that artillery requires nearby howitzers to drop munitions on the tanks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 First introduced in 1963, the 122-millimeter D-30 towed howitzer equipped the Soviet Army, the Eastern European armies of the Warsaw Pact, and Soviet client states abroad. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Troops Are Training to Operate Cold War-Era Howitzers," 24 Jan. 2019 That doesn't just mean the employment of the howitzer, but the gunnery as well. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Troops Are Training to Operate Cold War-Era Howitzers," 24 Jan. 2019 Lasers might be the only weapon capable of stopping fast-moving howitzer and mortar shells from raining down on U.S. troops. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s First Laser Weapons Will Kill Aircraft and Drones," 17 Oct. 2018 In the summer of 1914, with nationalist agitation at its height, all the major European powers were armed and bristling, with millions of men in standing armies and dreadnoughts and howitzers galore, all ready to be mobilized within weeks. Zachary Karabell, WSJ, "The Trouble With Hitler Analogies," 30 Nov. 2018 And the military has bought new infantry fighting vehicles, air defenses and howitzers. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation," 27 June 2018 Puget Sound partied so hard for July 4, 1841, a sailor blew up his hand with a howitzerOur region’s wildest Fourth of July party was its first one. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Your Fourth of July guide | Wednesday Morning Brief, July 4," 4 July 2018 Schmitz was four-wheel-drifting though every corner, with the big BMW digging in and showing its humble rear bumper (no quad exhaust howitzers on the 540) to many a Porsche. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Always Buy the Second-Fastest Car," 1 June 2018

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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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howitzer

noun

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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