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1Mounted guns; artillery:‘the gun was a brand new piece of ordnance’
guns, cannon, artillery, weapons, arms, munitions, military supplies, materielView synonyms
- ‘The vessel was essentially a truck designed to bring ordnance within firing range of targets.’
- ‘Some who worked on the cannons had bent backs from the constant lifting of guns and ordnance.’
- ‘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.’
- 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.’
- ‘By the time I released my ordnance, I was only five miles in trail.’
- ‘The first wave of troops crossed the bridge, and soon the air on the far side was thick with ordnance - artillery shells, mortars, bullets.’
- ‘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’
- ‘It took the personal intervention of President Lincoln to get the ordnance department to start buying repeaters.’
- ‘Charlie Q. Cutshaw served as a U.S. Army infantry, ordnance, and military intelligence officer.’
- ‘She rejected nine offers before accepting the computing job with the ordnance department.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: variant of ordinance.
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