how·​it·​zer | \ ˈhau̇-ət-sər \

Definition of howitzer

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

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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 The strength of a laser isn't expressed in pounds like an aircraft bomb, or the diameter of a howitzer barrel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the Military Will Be Revolutionized By Laser Weaponry," 11 Mar. 2016 Two brass howitzers had been carried off a ship to a prairie near Fort Nisqually. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘All indulged’: Puget Sound’s wildest Fourth of July party was its first one — in 1841," 3 July 2018 Running downfield with Watkins, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce won’t be easy for any defense, and Patrick Mahomes’ howitzer of a right arm makes the threat of game-changing plays real. Albert Breer,, "On Risk, Old Rules and How Kirk Cousins Laid The Groundwork To Forever Change NFL Contracts," 15 Mar. 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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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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