artillery[är til′ər ē]
artillery definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic apparatus, as catapults or arbalests, for hurling heavy missiles
- guns of large caliber, too heavy to carry; mounted guns (excluding machine guns), as cannon or missile launchers: artillery may be mobile, stationary, or mounted on ships, airplanes, etc.
- the science of guns; gunnery
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French artillerie ; from artillier (prob. altered by associated, association with arte, art) ; from atillier, to equip; dissimilated variant, variety of atirier: see attire
artillery definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ar·til·ler·ies
- Large-caliber weapons, such as cannon, howitzers, and missile launchers, that are operated by crews.
- The branch of an army that specializes in the use of such weapons.
- The science of the use of guns; gunnery.
- Weapons, such as catapults, arbalests, and other early devices, used for discharging missiles.
Origin: Middle English artillerie, from Old French, from artillier, to equip, perhaps alteration of atiller, from Vulgar Latin *apticulāre, from Latin aptāre, to fit, adapt, from aptus, apt; see apt.
artillery - Phrases/Idioms