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artillery

ARTIL'LERY, n. 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.



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ARTIL'LERY, n. 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.

AR-TIL'LE-RY, n. [This word has no plural. Fr. artillerie; It. artiglieria; Sp. artilleria. In Fr. artilleur, artillier, is a matross; Sp. artillar, to mount cannon. In Armoric, artillery is artilhiry, and an artist is artilher. In Norm. Fr. artillery is written articlarie. The Armoric unites this word with art, artist, indicating that the primary sense is, instruments, things formed by art, or rather prepared by art, preparations.]

  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. 1 Sam. xx. But in present usage, appropriately,
  2. Cannon; great guns; ordnance, 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. – Encyc.

Ar*til"ler*y
  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.

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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. 1 Samuel 20:40.

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.

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