howitzer
noun Etymology: Dutch houwitser, ultimately from Czech houfnice ballista Date: 1695 a short cannon used to fire projectiles at medium muzzle velocities and with relatively high trajectories

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  • howitzer — [hou′it sər] n. [Du houvietser < 15th c. Ger haufenitz < Czech houfnice, howitzer, orig., a sling] a short cannon, larger than a mortar, firing shells in a high trajectory …   English World dictionary

  • Howitzer — How itz*er, n. [G. haubitze, formerly hauffnitz, Bohem. haufnice, orig., a sling.] (Mil.) (a) A gun so short that the projectile, which was hollow, could be put in its place by hand; a kind of mortar. [Obs.] (b) A short, light, largebore cannon,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • howitzer — 1680s, via Du. houwitser (1660s), Ger. Haubitze from Bohemian houfnice a catapult, from houf heap, crowd, a loan word from M.H.G. hufe heap. Introduced to German during the Hussite wars, 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • howitzer — ► NOUN ▪ a short gun for firing shells at a high angle. ORIGIN Dutch houwitser, from Czech houfnice catapult …   English terms dictionary

  • Howitzer — A howitzer is a type of artillery piece that is characterized by a relatively short barrel and the use of comparatively small explosive charges to propel projectiles at trajectories with a steep angle of descent. In the taxonomies of artillery… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   Military dictionary

  • Howitzer — Obusier Howitzer 105 mm M2A1 tracté La définition de l obusier diffère selon les époques. Les premiers obusiers doivent leur nom au fait qu ils tiraient des obus, c est à dire des projectiles creux qui explosaient après leur chute, contrairement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • howitzer — noun /ˈhaʊw.ɪts.ə(ɹ)/ a) A cannon that combines certain characteristics of guns and mortars. The howitzer delivers projectiles with medium velocities, either by low or high trajectories. JP 1 02. b) Normally a cannon with a tube length of 20 to… …   Wiktionary

  • howitzer — UK [ˈhaʊɪtsə(r)] / US [ˈhaʊɪtsər] noun [countable] Word forms howitzer : singular howitzer plural howitzers a type of large gun that soldiers use for firing missiles high into the air …   English dictionary

  • howitzer — /ˈhaʊɪtsə/ (say howitsuh) noun a comparatively short barrelled cannon, used especially for shelling at a steep angle, as in reaching troops behind cover. {earlier hauwitzer, apparently from Dutch houwitser, from houwits(e) catapult. Compare… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Howitzer — 155 mm Feldhaubitzen Kanadische 105 mm Haubitze C2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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