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Meaning of ARTILLERY

Pronunciation:  âr'tiluree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  large but transportable armament
  2. [n]  a means of persuading or arguing; "he used all his conversational weapons"
  3. [n]  an army unit that uses big guns

ARTILLERY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: artillery unit, gun, heavy weapon, ordnance, weapon
 See Also: arbalest, arbalist, armament, army unit, battery, battery, bricole, cannon, catapult, field artillery, field gun, four-pounder, gunstock, onager, persuasion, stock, suasion, trebuchet, trebucket



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ar*til"ler*y\, n. [OE. artilrie, OF. artillerie,
arteillerie, fr. LL. artillaria, artilleria, machines and
apparatus of all kinds used in war, vans laden with arms of
any kind which follow camps; F. artillerie great guns,
ordnance; OF. artillier to work artifice, to fortify, to arm,
prob. from L. ars, artis, skill in joining something, art.
See {Art}.]
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.

Note: 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

{Artillery train}, or {Train of artillery}, a number of
   pieces of ordnance mounted on carriages, with all their
   furniture, ready for marching.

Easton Bible Dictionary

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.