artillery

[ahr-til-uh-ree]
noun
1.
mounted projectile-firing guns or missile launchers, mobile or stationary, light or heavy, as distinguished from small arms.
2.
the troops or the branch of an army concerned with the use and service of such weapons.
3.
the science that treats of the use of such weapons.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English artil(le)rie, artelry, art(u)ry armaments, ballistic engines < Anglo-French, Middle French artillerie, equivalent to Old French artill(ier) to equip, arm, alteration, by association with art art1, of atill(i)er to set in order, put on armor (< Vulgar Latin *apticulāre, derivative of Latin aptāre to put on (armor, ornaments, etc.; see adapt); -i- for expected -ei- perhaps by association with atirier; see attire) + -erie -ery

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artillery (ɑːˈtɪlərɪ)
 
n
1.  guns, cannon, howitzers, mortars, etc, of calibre greater than 20 mm
2.  troops or military units specializing in using such guns
3.  the science dealing with the use of guns
4.  devices for discharging heavy missiles, such as catapults or slings
 
[C14: from Old French artillerie, from artillier to equip with weapons, of uncertain origin]

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artillery
late 14c., "warlike munitions," from O.Fr. artillerie (14c.), from artillier "to provide with engines of war" (13c.), which probably is from M.L. articulum "art, skill," dim. of L. ars (gen. artis) "art." But some would connect it with L. articulum "joint," and still others with O.Fr. atillier "to equip,"
altered by infl. of arte. Sense of "engines for discharging missiles" (catapults, slings, bows, etc.) is from late 15c.; that of "ordnance, large guns" is from 1530s.
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Slang Dictionary

artillery definition


  1. n.
    handguns; grenades. (Underworld.) : Where does Frank stash the artillery?
  2. n.
    flatware; cutlery. : Who put out the artillery? I didn't get a fork.
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Bible Dictionary

Artillery definition


1 Sam. 20:40, (Heb. keli, meaning "apparatus;" here meaning collectively any missile weapons, as arrows and lances. In Revised Version, "weapons"). This word is derived from the Latin artillaria = equipment of war.

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They have advance warning of raids and all main leaders, artillery and military hardware is relocated in advance.
The government, flush with money from oil exports, attacked with planes and
  artillery.
Such correction tables would be relatively simpler than similar tables used in
  artillery and naval practice.
Entire buildings are being shelled with heavy artillery.
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