Meaning of howitzer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhaʊɪtsə/

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  • A short gun for firing shells on high trajectories at low velocities.

    ‘By the end of the war he had a million men, two-thirds of whom had not yet seen action, and new machine guns, artillery including howitzers, with growing numbers of shells and even wireless supplies.’
    • ‘For the first time since the U.S. deployment, the factions use their heavy weapons systems: howitzers, heavy machine guns, mortars, and even a few older-model tanks.’
    • ‘They also offer a look into little-known innovations, such as precision artillery shells for howitzers developed for the US Army.’
    • ‘The greatest drawback to maintaining a cannon-centric field artillery is that the howitzers ' weight reduces air transportability.’
    • ‘Long and short range artillery, rockets, missiles, howitzers, and mortars rained fire and death from the sky.’
    • ‘Mountain artillery consisted of light guns and howitzers capable of being dismantled and carried piecemeal on mules, or even by men, into positions inaccessible to ordinary artillery.’
    • ‘All types of artillery were used in mountainous terrain, but mortars, mountain guns, and howitzers proved by far the most adapted to action on difficult, rugged terrain.’
    • ‘For example, his five divisions had only 118 guns each - a third of the standard number; there was an almost total lack of howitzers, trench mortars, grenades and high explosive ammunition.’
    • ‘To replicate realistic conditions in a combat scenario, an artillery battery should set up howitzers and conduct simulated fire missions before conducting marksmanship training.’
    • ‘Artillery generally falls into three basic categories; guns, howitzers and mortars.’
    • ‘Note that I don't care whether someone is getting a handgun or a howitzer, as long as they maintain it and know how to safely operate the thing.’
    • ‘But because the distance was too great, the howitzer shells burst high in the air and did no damage beyond frightening the fleeing people.’
    • ‘They include field guns, which fire with a flat trajectory, howitzers and mortars, which have arching trajectories, antitank guns, firing high-velocity shot, and self-propelled guns.’
    • ‘The first line was equipped with a number of medium howitzers, some non-reflective guns and a network of heavy machine guns carried on vehicles, in addition to antiaircraft guns.’
    • ‘As the rush proceeded, the companies of Jackson and Trimble advanced with a Gatling gun and the two howitzers to the brow of the bluff and opened a brisk but ineffective fire on the retreating tribesmen.’
    • ‘Coalition special forces soldiers destroyed at least five enemy howitzers during that operation.’
    • ‘Both pilots took turns calculating the power required to safely drop off the howitzer at Bagram.’
    • ‘We crossed quickly, followed by the rifle and the howitzer and the rearguard.’
    • ‘In 1848, U.S. siege batteries, composed of howitzers, guns, and mortars, proved essential in the Battle of Chapultepec and the capture of Mexico City.’
    • ‘Flexibility in rapidly delivering ammunition to outlying firebases was crucial because mortars and howitzers were emplaced throughout the theater.’


Late 17th century from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice ‘catapult’.