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 But in addition to a mountain howitzer, both teams could use the victory as FCD seeks to avoid the headache of last season when a last-day win was needed to get in the playoffs and the Dynamo look to keep slim playoff hopes alive. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "With a chance to clinch playoffs, potential for revenge, FC Dallas-Dynamo match still excites," 30 Oct. 2020 The howitzer crew was assisted by a new U.S. Air Force battle management system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Big, Dumb Guns Aren't Dumb Anymore (and Now They Can Shoot Down Planes)," 10 Sep. 2020 Last year, grisly amputated limbs and a French howitzer shell were discovered at the site of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium. James Rogers, Fox News, "Workers make 'astonishing' discovery: Heart of 19th-century mayor found in fountain," 2 Sep. 2020 But while Laurens’ troops set up their howitzer artillery, a large-caliber cannon with a short barrel built to fire clusters of grapeshot, the British spotted them, according to a SCBPT statement. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Pinpoint the South Carolina Battlefield Where Patriot John Laurens Died," 21 Aug. 2020 In the morning, Laurens and another soldier tried to set up the howitzer, but the British struck first. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Pinpoint the South Carolina Battlefield Where Patriot John Laurens Died," 21 Aug. 2020 The Air Force is still modifying transports for gunship duty, with the latest AC-130J mounting a 105-millimeter howitzer, a 30-millimeter autocannon, and soon a 60-kilowatt laser weapon. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force's Goal: Turn Cargo Planes into Makeshift Bombers," 1 June 2020 My unit in Vietnam fired 508,653 155mm howitzer rounds from March 1967 to October 1971. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Recognizing concussion injuries from the battlefields (1/22/20)," 22 Jan. 2020 The gunship was equipped with a 25-millimeter Gatling gun, 40-millimeter Bofors cannon, and was the last gunship armed with a 105-millimeter howitzer operating in the direct fire role. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Last 'Spooky' Gunship Heads to the Boneyard," 29 June 2020

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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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13 Nov 2020

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“Howitzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 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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