One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Mounted guns; artillery.
guns, cannon, artillery, weapons, arms, munitions, military supplies, materielView synonyms
- ‘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 vessel was essentially a truck designed to bring ordnance within firing range of targets.’
- ‘Over the next fifteen years, he invented and developed bronze boat guns, heavy smoothbore shell guns, and rifled ordnance.’
- ‘Some who worked on the cannons had bent backs from the constant lifting of guns 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.’
- 1.1US Military weapons, ammunition, and equipment used in connection with them.
- ‘The total amounted to more than 180,000 pieces of ordnance.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Artillery generally offers greater responsiveness and persistence, while air-delivered ordnance is usually more accurate and lethal.’
- ‘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 the armed forces dealing with the supply and storage of weapons, ammunition, and related equipment.
- ‘It took the personal intervention of President Lincoln to get the ordnance department to start buying repeaters.’
- ‘That was small consolation for an ordnance department that had to supply ammunition to the frontlines in more than a dozen different calibers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Charlie Q. Cutshaw served as a U.S. Army infantry, ordnance, and military intelligence officer.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She rejected nine offers before accepting the computing job with the ordnance department.’
- ‘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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