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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On April 22, 1995, the R.P.A., who had been encircling the Kibeho camp for days, preventing food from being provided, opened fire on the crowds, using assault rifles, machine guns, grenades, anti-tank rockets, and a howitzer. Maggie Calt, Harper's magazine, "Brutal from the Beginning," 22 July 2019 The aircraft was fitted with multispectral television sensors, high-definition infrared sensors, and radar, allowing the 13-man crew to pinpoint enemy forces and engage them with autocannons and a 105-millimeter howitzer. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force's “Spooky” Gunships Have Flown Overseas for the Last Time," 11 July 2019 There’s no denying that the machine guns and howitzers firing at the Allied forces landing in Normandy 75 years ago were manned by German soldiers. Washington Post, "From loss to liberation: Germany’s evolving postwar attitude," 7 June 2019 The 6-inch French howitzer shell, complete with fuse, still contained gunpowder. Fox News, "Grisly amputated limbs, French howitzer shell, discovered at Battle of Waterloo site," 19 July 2019 The event is held in conjunction with the Villa Louis War of 1812 reenactment and will feature a Pattern 1827 cannon, a swivel gun, and a Civil War howitzer. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifest 2019, Art Fair on the Square, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 7 July 2019 One such target was a battery of six french GPF 155 K418(f) howitzers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Army Rangers Scale The Same Cliff Their Forebears Did on D-Day," 6 June 2019 These supplies, ranging from M-4 tanks, 240-mm howitzers and flame throwers, to bazookas, razor blades, and carrier pigeon free, were moved by ships on a rigid timetable. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 There's no denying that the machine guns and howitzers firing at the Allied forces landing in Normandy 75 years ago were manned by German soldiers. Kirsten Grieshaber And David Rising,, "From loss to liberation: How Germans view celebrations of Allied victory over their Nazi ancestors," 6 June 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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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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