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how·it·zer

 (hou′ĭt-sər)
n.
A relatively short cannon that delivers shells at a medium muzzle velocity, usually by a high trajectory.

[Dutch 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.]

howitzer

(ˈhaʊɪtsə)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire
[C16: from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice stone-sling]

how•itz•er

(ˈhaʊ ɪt sər)

n.
a cannon with a comparatively short barrel, used esp. for firing shells at an elevated angle.
[1685–95; < Dutch houvietser=houviets- (< German Haubitze < Czech houfnice slingshot)]

howitzer

1. A cannon that combines certain characteristics of guns and mortars. The howitzer delivers projectiles with medium velocities, either by low or high trajectories.
2. 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. See also gun; mortar.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.howitzer - a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short rangehowitzer - a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range
high-angle gun - a cannon that can be fired at a high elevation for relatively short ranges
Translations
haupitsi

howitzer

[ˈhaʊitsəʳ] Nobús m

howitzer

[ˈhaʊɪtsər] nobusier m

howitzer

nHaubitze f

howitzer

[ˈhaʊɪtsəʳ] n (Mil) → obice m
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Carden added, "Had he been better acquainted with the true state of this point of their Exertion, & that of the Howitser Cannon mounted in each of their Tops, he might have been content & spar'd himself the remark.