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[muhs-ki-tree] /ˈmʌs kɪ tri/
Military. the technique of bringing fire from a group of rifle and automatic weapons to bear on specified targets.
muskets collectively.
musketeers collectively.
Origin of musketry
1640-50; < French mousqueterie. See musket, -ry Unabridged
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  • The rattle of the musketry fire and frequently the wounded coming back indicated quite a fierce struggle.
  • From the ranks the dire peal of the musketry breaks.
  • Barlow pushed forward with great vigor, under a heavy fire of both artillery and musketry, through thickets and swamps.
  • But the sound of his artillery and musketry was heard incessantly.
  • Until between ten and eleven o'clock at night, the woods upon the right, resounded with the discharges of musketry.
  • On the evening of the full moon volleys of musketry were fired and the elephants charged furiously to put the devils to flight.
  • The salient was more than a mile away, but soon the distant roar of cheers and the rattle of musketry drifted back.
  • Heavy musketry has opened now on our right again and cannonading on our left is slackening.
  • Crossing the ditch was nearly impossible, especially under withering defensive fire from musketry and canister.
  • The soldiers will demonstrate artillery and musketry and will engage in battles and skirmishes.
British Dictionary definitions for musketry


muskets or musketeers collectively
the technique of using small arms
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Word Origin and History for musketry

1640s, from French mousqueterie, from mousquet "musket" (see musket), on analogy of Italian moschetteria.

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