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Webster 1913 Edition


Artillery

Ar-til′ler-y

,
Noun.
[OE.
artilrie
, OF.
artillerie
,
arteillerie
, fr. LL.
artillaria
,
artilleria
, machines and apparatus of all kinds used in war, vans laden with arms of any kind which follow camps; F.
artillerie
great guns, ordnance; OF.
artillier
to work artifice, to fortify, to arm, prob. from L.
ars
,
artis
, skill in joining something, art. See
Art
.]
1.
Munitions of war; implements for warfare, as slings, bows, and arrows.
[Obs.]
And Jonathan gave his
artillery
unto his lad.
1 Sam. xx. 40.
2.
Cannon; great guns; ordnance, including guns, mortars, howitzers, etc., with their equipment of carriages, balls, bombs, and shot of all kinds.
☞ The word is sometimes used in a more extended sense, including the powder, cartridges, matches, utensils, machines of all kinds, and horses, that belong to a train of artillery.
3.
The men and officers of that branch of the army to which the care and management of artillery are confided.
4.
The science of artillery or gunnery.
Campbell.
Artillery park
, or
Park of artillery
.
(a)
A collective body of siege or field artillery, including the guns, and the carriages, ammunition, appurtenances, equipments, and persons necessary for working them.
(b)
The place where the artillery is encamped or collected.
Artillery train
, or
Train of artillery
,
a number of pieces of ordnance mounted on carriages, with all their furniture, ready for marching.

Webster 1828 Edition


Artillery

ARTIL'LERY

,
Noun.
This word has no plural.
1.
In a general sense, offensive weapons of war. Hence it was formerly used for bows and arrows.
And Jonathan gave his artillery to his lad. 1Sam. 20.
But in present usage, appropriately,
2.
Canon; great guns; ordinance, including guns, mortars and grenades, with their furniture of carriages, balls, bombs and shot of all kinds.
3.
In a more extended sense, the word includes powder, cartridges, matches, utensils, machines of all kinds, and horses that belong to a train of artillery.
4.
The men who manage cannon and mortars, including matrosses, gunners, bombardiers, cannoniers, or by whatever name they are called, with the officers, engineers and persons who supply the artillery with implements and materials.

Definition 2022


artillery

artillery

English

Noun

artillery (plural artilleries)

  1. Large cannon-like weapons, transportable and usually operated by more than one person.
    • Bible, 1 Sam. xx. 40
      And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad.
  2. An army unit that uses such weapons.
  3. Gunnery.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Campbell to this entry?)

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