Definition of Howitzer

1. Noun. A muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range.

Exact synonyms: Mortar, Trench Mortar
Generic synonyms: High-angle Gun



Definition of Howitzer

1. n. A gun so short that the projectile, which was hollow, could be put in its place by hand; a kind of mortar.

Definition of Howitzer

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. 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. JP 1-02. See also gun; mortar. ¹

3. Noun. (context: sports rugby ice hockey) A powerfully hit shot. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Howitzer

1. a short cannon [n -S]

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howitzer (current term)
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Literary usage of Howitzer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Hearings Before the Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House by United States Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations (1912)
"The corresponding howitzer is a 6-inch howitzer of equal mobility. ... The next piece which we have projected is a 7.6-inch howitzer, which would fire a ..."

2. Tactics by William Balck (1914)
"In direct and curved fire, the light field howitzer, model '98 (rigid mount ... The new fixed ammunition, model 1905, for the field howitzer is burst by ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"A howitzer is a comparatively light piece t ha r fires a comparatively heavy ... It came into being from the conversion of an old pattern siege howitzer and ..."

4. The International Military Digest Annual by Cornélis De Witt Willcox (1916)
"On long marches, the howitzer is disengaged from the recoil piston rod and drawn back into a traveling position. One of the most interesting weapons to fall ..."

5. Two Thousand Questions and Answers about the War: A Catechism of the Methods by The Review of reviews (1918)
"As all a howitzer need to do is to give a great shell a toss into the air, ... Q.—How big is a howitzer? A.—The latest German ones are no less than 16.5 ..."

6. Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy by Navy Dept, United States, Bureau of Ordnance (1866)
"Captain of piece—points and fires the howitzer, superintends orders, and gives orders in absence of an Officer. Closes the vent, puts in primer. ..."

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