Definition of ordnance in English:


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  • 1Mounted guns; artillery.

    ‘the gun was a brand new piece of 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    guns, cannon, artillery, weapons, arms, munitions, military supplies, materiel
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    1. 1.1US Military weapons, ammunition, and equipment used in connection with them.
      ‘unexploded ordnance’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The total amounted to more than 180,000 pieces of ordnance.’
      • ‘Precision munitions, mostly fired from air-or sea-based platforms, accounted for 7 percent of all ordnance expended during Operation Desert Storm.’
      • ‘By the time I released my ordnance, I was only five miles in trail.’
  • 2A branch of the armed forces dealing with the supply and storage of weapons, ammunition, and related equipment.

    as modifier ‘the ordnance corps’
    • ‘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.’



/ˈôrdnəns/ /ˈɔrdnəns/ /ˈôrdənəns/ /ˈɔrdənəns/


Late Middle English variant of ordinance.