Artillery definition

är-tĭlə-rē
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Large-caliber weapons, such as cannon, howitzers, and missile launchers, that are operated by crews.
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The branch of an army that specializes in the use of such weapons.
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(archaic) Apparatus, as catapults or arbalests, for hurling heavy missiles.
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Guns of large caliber, too heavy to carry; mounted guns (excluding machine guns), as cannons or missile launchers: artillery may be mobile, stationary, or mounted on ships, airplanes, etc.
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The science of guns; gunnery.
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The science of the use of guns; gunnery.
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Weapons, such as catapults, arbalests, and other early devices, used for discharging missiles.
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Large cannon like weapons, transportable and usually operated by more than one person.
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An army unit that uses such weapons.
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the artillery
  • the branch of an army specializing in the use of heavy mounted guns
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the artillery

Origin of artillery

  • 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 apt

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English artillerie, from Old French artillerie.

    From Wiktionary