Howitzer



[hou-it-ser] /ˈhaʊ ɪt sər/

noun, Ordnance.
1.
a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench.
/ˈhaʊɪtsə/
noun
1.
a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire
n.

1680s, via Dutch houwitser (1660s), German Haubitze from Bohemian houfnice “a catapult,” from houf “heap, crowd,” a loan-word from Middle High German hufe “heap.” Introduced to German during the Hussite wars, 14c.

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