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1. The technique of using small arms.
2. Muskets considered as a group.
3. Musketeers considered as a group.


1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) muskets or musketeers collectively
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the technique of using small arms


(ˈmʌs kɪ tri)

1. the technique of bringing small arms fire to bear on specific targets.
2. muskets collectively.
3. musketeers collectively.
[1640–50; < French mousqueterie. See musket, -ry]


the art or skill of using muskets.
See also: Weaponry


 muskets collectively, 1646.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musketry - musketeers and their muskets collectively
army unit - a military unit that is part of an army
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
musketeer - a foot soldier armed with a musket
2.musketry - the technique of using small arms (especially in battle)
proficiency, technique - skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity; "practice greatly improves proficiency"


[ˈmʌskɪtrɪ] N (= muskets) → mosquetes mpl; (= firing) → fuego m de mosquetes, tiros mpl


n (= muskets)Musketen pl; (= troops)Musketiere pl
References in classic literature ?
The Parvis was filled with a thick smoke, which the musketry streaked with flame.
Weariness, the lack of good weapons, the fright of this surprise, the musketry from the windows, the valiant attack of the king's troops, all overwhelmed them.
From beneath it came the clatter of musketry. Hoarse cries told of an advance.
After a time the sound of musketry grew faint and the cannon boomed in the distance.
From the bottom of the slope, where the parleys had taken place, came the report of musketry.
"But only two, my dear Aramis - we shall never fire three shots together," said Porthos, innocently, "the defense by musketry is a bad one."
And if this seems a trifling risk, let us see whether it is equalled or surpassed by the encounter of two galleys stem to stem, in the midst of the open sea, locked and entangled one with the other, when the soldier has no more standing room than two feet of the plank of the spur; and yet, though he sees before him threatening him as many ministers of death as there are cannon of the foe pointed at him, not a lance length from his body, and sees too that with the first heedless step he will go down to visit the profundities of Neptune's bosom, still with dauntless heart, urged on by honour that nerves him, he makes himself a target for all that musketry, and struggles to cross that narrow path to the enemy's ship.
The Tonquin shortly afterwards made her way through the intricate channel, an came to anchor in the little bay, and was saluted from the encampment with three volleys of musketry and three cheers.
The Talabas checked their horses, and soon a volley of musketry pealed out on the air.
Yesterday, and for many days and nights previously, we were fighting somewhere; always there was cannonading, with occasional keen rattlings of musketry, mingled with cheers, our own or the enemy's, we seldom knew, attesting some temporary advantage.
Well, on the knoll, and enclosing the spring, they had clapped a stout log- house fit to hold two score of people on a pinch and loopholed for musketry on either side.
The rattle of musketry and roar of cannon disturbed the ancient quiet of the forest, and actually drove the bears and other wild beasts to the more cultivated portion of the country in the vicinity of the seaports.