noun Ordnance.
a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench.

1685–95; earlier hauwitzer < Dutch houvietser, equivalent to houviets- (< German Haubitze, Middle High German haufnitz < Czech houfnice slingshot) + -er -er1 Unabridged
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howitzer (ˈhaʊɪtsə)
a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire
[C16: from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice stone-sling]

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1687, via Du. houwitser (1663), Ger. Haubitze from Czech houfnice "a catapult," introduced to Ger. during the Hussite wars, 14c.
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Two gun embrasures and one howitzer embrasure were closed later on to make room for a torpedo casemate.
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