howitzer


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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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Suffice it, then, that Heloise lived with her uncle the howitzer and was happy.
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At the same time the commander of the artillery of the 1st Corps, General Pernetti, with thirty cannon of Campan's division and all the howitzers of Dessaix's and Friant's divisions, will move forward, open fire, and overwhelm with shellfire the enemy's battery, against which will operate:
The commander of the artillery of the 3rd Corps, General Fouche, will place the howitzers of the 3rd and 8th Corps, sixteen in all, on the flanks of the battery that is to bombard the entrenchment on the left, which will have forty guns in all directed against it.
General Sorbier must be ready at the first order to advance with all the howitzers of the Guard's artillery against either one or other of the entrenchments.
In point of grazing, plunging, oblique, or enfilading, or point-blank firing, the English, French, and Prussians have nothing to learn; but their cannon, howitzers, and mortars are mere pocket-pistols compared with the formidable engines of the American artillery.
peace was signed between the survivors of the war; the thunder of the guns gradually ceased, the mortars were silent, the howitzers were muzzled for an indefinite period, the cannon, with muzzles depressed, were returned into the arsenal, the shot were repiled, all bloody reminiscences were effaced; the cotton-plants grew luxuriantly in the well-manured fields, all mourning garments were laid aside, together with grief; and the Gun Club was relegated to profound inactivity.
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