a short cannon, larger than a mortar, firing shells in a high trajectory
Origin of howitzerDutch houvietser from 15th-c. German haufenitz from Czech houfnice, howitzer, origin, originally , a sling
A relatively short cannon that delivers shells at a medium muzzle velocity, usually by a high trajectory.
Origin of howitzerDutch houwitser from German Haubitze alteration of obsolete haufnitz catapult from Old Czech haufnice probably from haufný catapult that slung many stones at once hauf group, heap ( probably from Middle High German hūfe ) ( from Old High German hūfo ) -ný n. suff.
- A cannon that combines certain characteristics of guns and mortars. The howitzer delivers projectiles with medium velocities, either by low or high trajectories. JP 1-02.
- Normally a cannon with a tube length of 20 to 30 calibers; however, the tube length can exceed 30 calibers and still be considered a howitzer when the high angle fire zoning solution permits range overlap between charges. JP 1-02. See also gun; mortar.
- (sports, rugby, ice hockey) A powerfully hit shot.
From Dutch houwitser (see for further etymology).