Definition of ordnance in English:

ordnance

noun

mass noun
  • 1Mounted guns; artillery.

    ‘the gun was a brand new piece of ordnance’
    • ‘Some who worked on the cannons had bent backs from the constant lifting of guns and ordnance.’
    • ‘The vessel was essentially a truck designed to bring ordnance within firing range of targets.’
    • ‘Following transition to the line around the turn of the century, Reeves continued his brilliant career, tackling the complex problems of naval gunnery, torpedoes, and ordnance.’
    • ‘The term is, however, also correctly applied to heavy rifled ordnance of the howitzer class used for coastal defence by some nations, though few ever saw use in 1939-45.’
    • ‘Over the next fifteen years, he invented and developed bronze boat guns, heavy smoothbore shell guns, and rifled ordnance.’
    guns, cannon, artillery, weapons, arms, munitions, military supplies, materiel
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    1. 1.1US Munitions.
      ‘unexploded ordnance’
      • ‘The total amounted to more than 180,000 pieces of ordnance.’
      • ‘Artillery generally offers greater responsiveness and persistence, while air-delivered ordnance is usually more accurate and lethal.’
      • ‘The first wave of troops crossed the bridge, and soon the air on the far side was thick with ordnance - artillery shells, mortars, bullets.’
      • ‘By the time I released my ordnance, I was only five miles in trail.’
      • ‘Precision munitions, mostly fired from air-or sea-based platforms, accounted for 7 percent of all ordnance expended during Operation Desert Storm.’
  • 2A branch of government service dealing especially with military stores and materials.

    as modifier ‘the ordnance corps’
    • ‘That was small consolation for an ordnance department that had to supply ammunition to the frontlines in more than a dozen different calibers.’
    • ‘This selection is made from a list of hundreds of active-duty personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps aviation ordnance community.’
    • ‘She rejected nine offers before accepting the computing job with the ordnance department.’
    • ‘Charlie Q. Cutshaw served as a U.S. Army infantry, ordnance, and military intelligence officer.’
    • ‘It took the personal intervention of President Lincoln to get the ordnance department to start buying repeaters.’
    • ‘From 1766 to 1770 he was master-general of the ordnance, vice-treasurer of Ireland 1781-9, and given a British peerage in 1786 as Baron Carleton.’
    • ‘Elizabeth responded to Essex's behaviour by appointing Cecil as secretary of state, but her fury gradually abated and she appointed Essex master of the ordnance and even gave him command of a new expedition against Spain in 1597.’

Origin

Late Middle English: variant of ordinance.

Pronunciation

ordnance

/ˈɔːdnəns/