What does artillery mean?

Definitions for artillery
ɑrˈtɪl ə riar·tille·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. artillery, heavy weapon, gun, ordnancenoun

    large but transportable armament

  2. artillery, artillery unitnoun

    an army unit that uses big guns

  3. weapon, artillerynoun

    a means of persuading or arguing

    "he used all his conversational weapons"


  1. artillerynoun

    Large cannon like weapons, transportable and usually operated by more than one person.

  2. artillerynoun

    A unit of the army, that uses such weapons.

  3. artillerynoun


  4. Etymology: artillerie, from artillerie.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Artillerynoun

    It has no plural.

    Etymology: artillerie, Fr.

    And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them unto the city.

    Have I not heard great ordnance in the field?
    And heav’n’s artillery thunder in the skies? William Shakespeare, T. Shrew.

    I’ll to the Tower with all the haste I can,
    To view th’ artillery and ammunition. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Upon one wing the artillery was drawn, being sixteen pieces, every piece having pioneers to plain the ways. John Hayward.

    He that views a fort to take it,
    Plants his artillery ’gainst the weakest place. John Denham, Sophy.


  1. artillery

    Artillery refers to large, heavy weapons and military combat equipment that are used to launch projectiles over long distances, such as cannons, howitzers, mortars, and rocket launchers. This term can also refer to the branch of an army that specializes in the use and maintenance of such weapons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Artillerynoun

    munitions of war; implements for warfare, as slings, bows, and arrows

  2. Artillerynoun

    cannon; great guns; ordnance, including guns, mortars, howitzers, etc., with their equipment of carriages, balls, bombs, and shot of all kinds

  3. Artillerynoun

    the men and officers of that branch of the army to which the care and management of artillery are confided

  4. Artillerynoun

    the science of artillery or gunnery

  5. Etymology: [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. Artillery

    Artillery is a weapon of war that operates by projection of munitions far beyond the effective range of personal weapons. Artillery comprise specialised devices which use some form of stored energy to operate, whether mechanical, chemical, or electromagnetic. Originally designed to breach fortifications, they have evolved from nearly static installations intended to reduce a single obstacle to highly mobile weapons of great flexibility in which now reposes the greater portion of a modern army's offensive capabilities. Originally artillery was any group of infantry primarily armed with projectile weapons. Since the development of cannon, the word "artillery" in practice has largely meant cannon; in contemporary usage it usually refers to shell-firing guns, howitzers, mortars, and rockets. In common speech the word artillery is individual devices, together with their accessories and fittings, although these assemblages are more properly called equipment. By association, artillery may also refer to the arm of service that customarily operates such engines. Artillery is the most lethal form of land-based armament; in the Napoleonic Wars, World War I and World War II the vast majority of combat deaths were caused by artillery. In 1944, Joseph Stalin said in a speech that artillery was "the God of War".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Artillery

    är-til′ėr-i, n. offensive weapons of war, esp. cannon, mortars, &c.: the men who manage them: a branch of the military service: gunnery.—ns. Artill′erist, one skilled in artillery or gunnery; Artill′ery-man, a soldier of the artillery. [O. Fr. artillerie, artiller, to arm; through a supposed Low L. artillāre—L. ars, artis, art.]


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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. artillery

    Artillery was formerly synonymous with archery, but now comprehends every description of ordnance, guns, mortars, fire-arms, and all their appurtenances. The term is also applied to the noble corps destined to that service: as also to the theory and practice of the science of projectiles: it was moreover given to all kinds of missile weapons, and the translators of the Bible make Jonathan give his "artillery unto his lad."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. artillery

    In a general sense, signifies all sorts of great guns or cannon, mortars, howitzers, petards, and the like, together with all the apparatus and stores thereto belonging, which are not only taken into the field, but likewise to sieges, and made use of both to attack and defend fortified places; also the officers and men of that branch of the army to which the care and management of such machines have been confided. (See Ordnance.) Artillery, in a particular sense, signifies the science of artillery or gunnery, which art includes a knowledge of surveying, leveling, geometry, trigonometry, conic sections, laws of motion, mechanics, fortifications, and projectiles. See Battery, Field Battery, Field Artillery, Siege Artillery.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of artillery in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of artillery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of artillery in a Sentence

  1. Pavlo Kyrylenko:

    We are now witnessing the accumulation of manpower, heavy armored vehicles and artillery in the direction of Sloviansk, the enemy is using its well-known tactics, trying to move closer to our line of defense in order to fire artillery at the cities. Enemy artillery is already reaching certain parts of Sloviansk. This is another confirmation that people should evacuate.

  2. Honore de Balzac:

    This coffee plunges into the stomach...the mind is aroused, and ideas pour forth like the battalions of the Grand Army on the field of battle.... Memories charge at full gallop...the light cavalry of comparisons deploys itself magnificently; the artillery of logic hurry in with their train of ammunition; flashes of wit pop up like sharp-shooters.

  3. Massoud Barzani:

    We'd like to thank the members of the (anti-IS) coalition for the support they have provided, but ... all the support we have received so far is not up to the level that is needed, The heavy weapons systems that we need, especially in terms of quality and quantity, for example the APCs (armored personnel carriers), the helicopters, the artillery we need for a decisive war against them (IS) - we have not received these types of weapons.

  4. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:

    The war should not drag on. To break the advantage of Russian artillery, we need a lot more of these modern systems, modern artillery.

  5. The Wilson Center report:

    Finland’s artillery forces are the largest and best-equipped in Western Europe, with some 1,500 artillery weapons, including 700 Howitzer guns, 700 heavy mortar, and 100 rocket launcher systems, the Finnish artillery has more artillery firepower than the combined militaries of Poland, Germany, Norway, and Sweden can currently muster.

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