Ordnance Ord"nance, n. [From OE. ordenance, referring orig. to the bore or size of the cannon. See {Ordinance}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

All the battlements their ordnance fire. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Then you may hear afar off the awful roar of his [Rufus Choate's] rifled ordnance. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]

{Ordnance survey}, the official survey of Great Britain and Ireland, conducted by the ordnance department. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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