Definition of artillery in English:

artillery

noun

  • 1Large-caliber guns used in warfare on land.

    ‘tanks and heavy artillery’
    • ‘When we reached about the halfway point, then the mortar and artillery fire started falling.’
    • ‘British forces took its airport and a bridge, but Iraqi forces resisted with artillery and heavy machine guns.’
    • ‘The night here is punctuated by artillery fire and that fire was coming from the east.’
    • ‘On the rest of the front there was intermittent artillery fire.’
    • ‘Due to their positions, standing patrols are ideal for controlling artillery and mortar fire.’
    • ‘More important, the army was short on arms and munitions, particularly machine guns and heavy artillery.’
    • ‘The sound of heavy artillery fire could be heard from the fringes of the city, but there was no sign of US forces.’
    • ‘At Flushing the commandos began landing before dawn after a heavy artillery bombardment on the port.’
    • ‘Some artillery guns fired white phosphorous rounds that create a screen of fire that cannot be extinguished with water.’
    • ‘A huge number of artillery shells were fired into the area around Vimy Ridge.’
    • ‘Thousands were killed from heavy artillery fire and constant aerial bombardment by the Nazis.’
    • ‘Most of the shells fired by artillery guns were high explosive shells which could throw shrapnel over a wide distance in the trenches.’
    • ‘Sarin gas was fired in artillery shells and rockets into heavily forested terrain.’
    • ‘From ahead came the rumble of heavy artillery fire off to the west and the east.’
    • ‘The two sides have exchanged heavy fire using guns, artillery and mortars.’
    • ‘Fire delivered by artillery and tanks formed the backbone of the antitank defense.’
    • ‘The attack on Rommel's lines started with over 800 artillery guns firing at the German lines.’
    • ‘We could hear the machine guns and the heavy artillery booming and they told us to march.’
    • ‘The use of machine guns and heavy artillery consumed infantry offensives like bundles of straw in a furnace.’
    • ‘Modern categories of artillery fire solid shot, shrapnel, or explosive shells.’
    guns, big guns, ordnance, cannon, cannons, cannonry, heavy weapons, heavy weaponry, battery
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    1. 1.1 A military detachment or branch of the armed forces that uses large-caliber guns.
      • ‘Reinforced with artillery the Kwantung Army tried again on 23 July, but were again checked.’
      • ‘Likewise, other artillery and light artillery companies from both flanks of the city began to fire.’
      • ‘Joseph Tilly was a military man and became a lieutenant in the artillery.’
      • ‘Our own artillery had to run up a good distance to get in range of the enemy artillery.’
      • ‘During the second world war he served as a gunner in the South African artillery throughout the Italian campaign.’
      • ‘The Mahratta artillery opened fire at close range with grapeshot and chainshot, doing terrible execution.’
      • ‘The authors are experienced artillery officers who subsequently became military historians.’
      • ‘Hanoverian artillery cut the Jacobite troops to pieces, and Culloden was a slaughter.’
      • ‘Together with the armour, artillery and infantry, the Royal Engineers form one of the combat elements of the army.’
      • ‘Russian artillery on surrounding hills fired hundreds of shells in between the jet attacks.’
      • ‘More than 300 gunners from seven artillery units lined the road outside the cathedral.’
      • ‘One month was spent practicing this tactic combining infantry, tanks and artillery.’
      • ‘The mortar platoon is the personal artillery battery for the battalion commander.’
      • ‘The French were handicapped by their lack of artillery and cavalry, which had ensured the success of the column elsewhere.’
      • ‘A good part of their infantries were pulled out, but more of their armour and artillery came in.’
      • ‘While the Army tends to view air power as merely an air artillery, the Air Force looks at itself as a strategic force.’
      • ‘Her husband is also on active military service with the 9th artillery regiment.’
      • ‘Perhaps surprisingly Fueter also held the rank of colonel in the artillery of the Swiss army.’
      • ‘Coalition ground forces wanted air support to take out harassing enemy artillery.’
      • ‘To train your artillery to fire on command, you'll need to take matters into your own hands.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French artillerie, from artiller, alteration of atillier ‘equip, arm’, probably a variant of atirier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + tire ‘rank, order’.

Pronunciation

artillery

/ˌɑrˈtɪl(ə)ri//ˌärˈtil(ə)rē/