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howitzer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n howitzer a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Howitzer (Mil) A gun so short that the projectile, which was hollow, could be put in its place by hand; a kind of mortar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n howitzer A short piece of ordnance, usually having a hemispherical chamber for the powder narrower than the bore, specially designed for the horizontal firing of shells with small charges, and combining in some degree the accuracy of the cannon with the caliber of the mortar, but more portable than either. The Coehorn howitzer, used in India for mountain service, is light enough to be borne by a horse. The rifled gun, throwing a shell of the same capacity from a smaller bore, and with much greater power, has superseded the howitzer for general purposes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Howitzer how′its-ėr a short, light cannon, used for throwing shells.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. haubitze, formerly hauffnitz, Bohem. haufnice, orig., a sling
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. haubitze, orig. hauffnitz—Bohem. haufnice, a sling.

Usage

In literature:

One six-inch howitzer sent a shell 50 yds.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
Headquarters was under howitzer fire at times.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
The other side had some howitzers, which began to spit about lyddite indiscriminately.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
This day the Pinnacle was heavily shelled by our 6-inch howitzers in an attempt to demolish the Blockhouse and a small redoubt behind it.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Next day the enemy kept fairly quiet, but the village was shelled occasionally with heavy howitzers.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
In rear of the battalion there was a group of unarmed men under command of Sergeant Ellett, of the Howitzers.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
Extreme activity of the French howitzers.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
During the same period we captured 29 heavy guns, 96 field guns and field howitzers, 136 trench mortars, and 514 machine guns.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
The enemy opened the action at long range with rockets and howitzers.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The lines were the German trenches, the "ants" grey-coated artillerymen, and the "stumps" the heavy howitzers.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Howitzers were hauled to the roofs, and at last the main gate was carried.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Evidently, something exciting was taking place, for the cruiser was constantly manoeuvering, and the men at the howitzers were keenly alive.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
There was a small artillery train, composed of eight six-pounders and two small howitzers.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
The concussion of what I afterwards found out was our 15-inch howitzers was terrible.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
I had two twelve-pounder mountain howitzers, which were stationed near the road (the center).
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
He never came with a frown to ask me why I had not captured another howitzer and taken more prisoners.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
A shell from one of the howitzers was a signal to move.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
Guns from machine gun size to heavy howitzers lay scattered about.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
For this purpose he formed a column of fifteen hundred regular troops, with two twelve-pounders, two howitzers, and six six-pounders.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
The shell which disabled the howitzer killed all the members of the gun crew.
"Current History, Vol. VIII, No. 3, June 1918" by Various
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In poetry:

Listening ears afar had heard;
Ready hands to quarters sprung
The Albemarle awoke and stirred,
And her howitzers gave tongue;
Till the river and the shore echoed back the mighty roar,
When the portals of her hundred-pounders swung.
"Albemarle Cushing" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

The howitzer training and night firing didn't faze him.
The fruit on the palate lingers and repeats like a Howitzer.
Noise from howitzers are expected to rattle central South Carolina as the Army National Guard trains at Fort Jackson.
Fort Jackson warns neighbors of howitzer noise.
Hear Diplo's Howitzer -Like 'Express Yourself'.
Until now, if you wanted a 1/35 scale model of the 105mm howitzer the old Italeri kit was your only option.
The brother of a Lester Prairie man is stationed as a Howitzer cannon crew member and gunner in Kirkuk, Iraq, trying to keep this country stable.
The Aberdeen Proving Ground salute battery fires Howitzers on the APG Museum grounds as the national anthem plays during the post's Armed Forces Day 2011 opening ceremony.
ON GUARD WITH HOWITZER NO TWO.
Several large dust clouds reached road level during the firing of about 24 105mm howitzer shells.
An officer supervises the use of a one hundred five millimeter howitzer cannon to start controlled avalanches .
India Issues Formal Request To Buy Howitzers From BAE Subsidiary.
A town in northwest Louisiana was being evacuated and state police were starting a criminal investigation of a company after finding about 6 million pounds of explosive material used in howitzers they say was stored illegally.
A mountain howitzer cast in 1863 was put back this week after six years.
Fort Jackson warns neighbors of howitzer noise .
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