• No. 11, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham. Where the Dickens Family lived 1817-21
    No. 11, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham. Where the Dickens Family lived 1817-21
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ordnance large but transportable armament
    • n ordnance military supplies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ordnance Heavy weapons of warfare; cannon, or great guns, mortars, and howitzers; artillery; sometimes, a general term for all weapons, ammunitiion, and appliances used in war. "All the battlements their ordnance fire.""Then you may hear afar off the awful roar of his [Rufus Choate's] rifled ordnance ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ordnance Cannon or great guns collectively, including mortars and howitzers; artillery. As a technical term, it designates all heavy pieces fired from carriages. Modern ordnance may be divided into two classes, smooth-bore and rifled. The former are all muzzle-loaders; the latter are subdivided into muzzle-loaders and breech-loaders. Most guns of modern construction are breech-loading rifled arms. Classified according to the material used, cannon are bronze, cast-iron, wrought-iron, steel, or mixed cast (wrought-iron and steel) guns; according to the method of construction, they are called solid or built-up guns. The most modern type of heavy gun is an all-steel built-up breech-loading gun, with a Krupp or interrupted-screw fermeture. Formerly sometimes used in the plural.
    • n ordnance A board composed of United States ordnance-officers distinguished for their attainments in the theory and practice of heavy ordnance, its construction and use, whose duty it is to conduct experiments, and test and report upon all ordnance subjects referred to it by the chief of ordnance. This board is designated by the Secretary of War, and is advisory to the chief of ordnance of the army.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ordnance ord′nans great guns: artillery:
    • n Ordnance ord′nans (orig.) any arrangement, disposition, or equipment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From OE. ordenance, referring orig. to the bore or size of the cannon. See Ordinance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Lord Kitchener approved its recommendations on the spot, and the Master-General of the Ordnance started work.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
It is like a gigantic ordnance map palmed off on one instead of a real landscape.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Such a statement should not imply blanket criticism of the Ordnance Department.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
I'm on special detail from the Ordnance Department.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
In the second work, the Thirty-third New York captured a piece of heavy ordnance and a number of prisoners.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Camp kettles will be handed to the Ordnance Officer of the camp at which units concentrate before embarkation.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
I had the ordnance moved as you ordered, nearer the river.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Charles Estill, of the Ordnance Department, who already had in charge his brother Jack, wounded in a cavalry engagement the day before.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
Sometimes, between ordnance and musketry, there were twenty thousand flashes a minute.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
But the ordnance of both was light, so that the combat was greatly prolonged.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The ship and ordnance went to the governor of Calais.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
And he, drinking to all the men, willed the gunners to stand to their ordnance lustily like men.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
His preliminary work on the bit of ordnance was soon concluded.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
During the great war our friend busied himself with His Majesty's ordnance.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Provisions, ordnance, ammunition, and recruits were expected from St. Louis.
"Old Fort Snelling" by Marcus L. Hansen
Wherever the eye turns battlements frown, ordnance protrudes, bayonets bristle.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
By Officers of the Ordnance Department, U.S. Army.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
They bid them strike, & stay, or els they would shoote them; & stood by ther ordnance ready fitted.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
Ordnance-sergeant James Kearney, United States Army.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Among them the Duke of Richmond, Master of Ordnance, distinguished himself by his incapacity and his ridiculous orders.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose

In news:

Alpha Company, 832nd Ordnance chants before the run.
A small step forward for former ordnance site.
Spectators treated to all kinds of ordnance in action Saturday.
Unexploded ordnance left on one range in Afghanistan killed 12 civilians in last four years.
Best Place to Find Unexploded Ordnance.
Bob Gravett, a private explosive-ordnance disposal technician, shows two example of bullets that can kill (Related Article).
David Stewart appointed to lead Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority.
Members of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's Explosive Ordnance.
The US Army Corps of Engineers says it has completed the cleanup of contaminated soil at the former Nebraska Ordnance Plant near Mead.
Fire marshal warns about old military ordnance.
Combat Lifesaver Course offered to explosive ordnance personnel.
Photograph by George Sakkestad Jasneil Nat , 19, will be training with the US Army to become an explosive ordnance disposal soldier.
The bomb craters and unexploded ordnance in the rice fields around Sam Ang's village in Cambodia remind local residents that the war the United States fought against neighboring Vietnam more than three decades ago knew no boundaries.
Irma worked at Badger Ordnance two separate times.
Sgt Joseph Deslauriers, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Nov 14.