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[guhn-uh-ree] /ˈgʌn ə ri/
the art and science of constructing and operating guns, especially large guns.
the act of firing guns.
guns collectively.
Origin of gunnery
1490-1500; gun1 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With these remarks we shall proceed to introduce the invention of gunnery.

    Gunnery in 1858 William Greener
  • "Come with me, and we'll get you togged out for the ride," said the gunnery lieutenant.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • Judging from their gunnery,” said Fitz coolly, “they are not likely to hit us, even if we go much more near.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • Ogle, however, continued to give proof that his knowledge of gunnery was not of yesterday.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Then once more the silence which was more trying than gunnery settled.

    A Pagan of the Hills Charles Neville Buck
  • Again the frigate fired—the water was smooth, and her gunnery was good.

    Paul Gerrard W.H.G. Kingston
  • Any common little gunboat can dispose of it in a moment if the gunnery is not too Chinese.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • If an ear escape the assault it is gunnery beyond the common.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for gunnery


the art and science of the efficient design and use of ordnance, esp artillery
guns collectively
the use and firing of guns
(modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with heavy guns, as in warfare: a gunnery officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gunnery

c.1600, from gun + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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