artillery

Definitions

  • American and French field artillery gun crews
    American and French field artillery gun crews
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n artillery large but transportable armament
    • n artillery a means of persuading or arguing "he used all his conversational weapons"
    • n artillery an army unit that uses big guns
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OLD ARTILLERY PARK OLD ARTILLERY PARK

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Artillery Cannon; great guns; ordnance, including guns, mortars, howitzers, etc., with their equipment of carriages, balls, bombs, and shot of all kinds.
    • Artillery Munitions of war; implements for warfare, as slings, bows, and arrows. "And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad."
    • Artillery The men and officers of that branch of the army to which the care and management of artillery are confided.
    • Artillery The science of artillery or gunnery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n artillery Implements of war: in this sense formerly with a plural.
    • n artillery In particular Engines for discharging missiles, as catapults, bows, crossbows, slings, etc.
    • n artillery In modern use, properly, all firearms discharged from carriages, in contradistinction to small arms, which are discharged from the hand; cannon; ordnance. Guns, howitzers, and mortars are the three kinds of artillery employed in the land service of the United States. They are classified as light and heavy artillery, according to their character, and as field, siege, and sea-coast artillery, according to their principal use. See phrases below.
    • n artillery Hence The particular troops employed in the service of such firearms.
    • n artillery The science which treats of the use and management of ordnance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Artillery är-til′ėr-i offensive weapons of war, esp. cannon, mortars, &c.: the men who manage them: a branch of the military service: gunnery
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. artilrie, OF. artillerie, arteillerie, fr. LL. artillaria, artilleria, machines and apparatus of all kinds used in war, vans laden with arms of any kind which follow camps; F. artillerie, great guns, ordnance; OF. artillier, to work artifice, to fortify, to arm, prob. from L. ars, artis, skill in joining something, art. See Art
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. artillerie, artiller, to arm; through a supposed Low L. artillāre—L. ars, artis, art.

Usage

In literature:

We were compelled to dig in, to find the range on certain objects and to direct imaginary artillery fire upon them.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
Commanding Royal Artillery Colonel (local Major-Gen.) (Major-General on Staff) G. H. Marshall.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
On the first of May in the afternoon the artillery began its fire on the Russian positions.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
As they came abreast of the village, a company of mounted artillery precipitately fled.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
His order to Robertson was to leave at once if answered by artillery and not to engage in an artillery duel.
"A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." by George Little
As a matter of fact, artillery in my time was not near as dangerous as musketry.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Functions of artillery fire in attack and defense.= In attack, artillery assists the forward movement of the infantry.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Artillery galloped steaming horses through, sighing with relief upon attaining the other end.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
Osorio opened the battle about noon with artillery.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
His artillery opens up, but it seems there is something the matter with his range for he cannot reach us at all.
"Over the top with the 25th" by R. Lewis
Gazetted Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, March, 1876, I was ordered to join at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, in April.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
This was a very strong fort, with much artillery.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
The horse belonging to the artillery was dead.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Here the riflemen, secure and invisible, lay while the hostile artillery bombarded the untenanted ridge lines behind them.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Co-operation with artillery and infantry.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Thus there can be no limitation to the amount of artillery and the quantities of explosives serviceable in this kind of warfare.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
It may therefore be necessary to support our squadrons by Infantry and Artillery.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
General McDowell had also about thirty thousand men and forty-nine pieces of artillery.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Almost with his own hands he organized, or rather put together, the artillery.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Forty cannon, splendidly served and equipped, formed its artillery train.
"Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777" by Samuel Adams Drake
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In poetry:

I shall gallop and shout and call,
Waving my shining sword:
Artillery, cavalry, infantry, all
Hear and obey my word.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Not iron bars, nor flashing spears,
Not land, nor sky, nor sea,
Nor love's artillery of tears
Can keep mine own from me.
"Madness" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Behind the town the sun sinks down
Gilding the vane upon the spire,
While many a wall reels to its fall
Beneath the fell artillery fire.
"Arms And The Man - The Beleaguered Town" by James Barron Hope
The sullen day grew darker, and anon
Dim flashes of pent anger lit the sky;
With rumbling wheels of wrath came rolling on
The storm's artillery.
"The Shower" by James Whitcomb Riley
Sleep on, poor Child! whilst I withdraw,
And this thy vile artillery hide—
When the Castalian fount she saw,
And plunged his arrows in the tide.
"Anacreontic" by William Shenstone
Da setzte der Feind den Gegenstoß an,
dich war es für ihn schon vergebens,
denn unsere tapfere Artillerie,
sie stand auch zum Glück schon daneben.
"Die Tage von Lihü" by Anonymous European

In news:

Civil war has chased Fatima Ghorab and her brood of some two dozen women and children across Syria in search of safe havens that keep disappearing in the booms of artillery shells.
Turkey's priority is to act in coordination with international institutions in response to artillery shelling from Syria which killed five civilians in its southeast, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said on Thursday.
Turkish state media says Turkey resumes cross-border artillery strikes at Syrian targets.
An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on November 18, 2012.
Ayat Al-Qassab and Mohammad Jumbaz survived artillery shelling during their honeymoon.
At the demonstration, which was peaceful, Nangarhar University student Abdul Gayr said participants also denounced Pakistan for its recent artillery shelling into Afghanistan.
One of the greatest tragedies of our era is that solid uranium, sometimes called depleted uranium, is considered the most effective metal for making bombs, bullets, artillery rounds and rockets.
The soldiers are with the Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery based in Plymouth.
The wind came in hurricane force, announced Friday night across the mid-Atlantic by lightning that some described as an artillery barrage.
The dictator 's choice to use heavy artillery and helicopter gunships in civilian neighborhoods echoes similar decisions by Assad's father, who authorized the killing of tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims in putting down a revolt in 1982.
Israeli military scores ' direct hits' on Syrian artillery launcher in first open clash.
Syrians on Friday rushed to a basement in Aleppo during an attack on an apartment compound by Syrian Army heavy artillery.
National Guard to fire artillery at Fort Dix .
Turkish artillery targets Syria after fatal border-town shelling.
The agency said Friday it's cancelling a living-history encampment and three artillery demonstrations that were set for Sunday.
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In science:

Moreover, for the continuous cases, our statements will be considerably weaker than our Theorem 2.5 since much of the technical artillery (e.g. the van den Berg-Kesten inequalities) do not apply.
Random Cluster Models on the Triangular Lattice
One apparently needs to supplement the existing computer artillery with the techniques of the real space renormalization group (RG).
Random Geometries and Real Space Renormalization Group
It will keep us busy for another couple of decades but will ultimately yield to the heavy artillery of future high-powered computing.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
His romantic story starts with his “conversion” from an army career as an artillery officer to research in physics while interned in prison in Berlin during the first world war.
Concluding Remarks/Summary
I am thankful to my farther-in-law, Alexander Choustov (marine artillery officer) who pointed out to this chapter.
Quantum mechanics for military officers
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