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[awrd-nuh ns] /ˈɔrd nəns/

cannon or artillery.
military weapons with their equipment, ammunition, etc.
the branch of an army that procures, stores, and issues, weapons, munitions, and combat vehicles and maintains arsenals for their development and testing.
cannon or artillery
military supplies; munitions
the ordnance, a department of an army or government dealing with military supplies

“cannon, artillery,” 1540s, a clipped form of ordinance (q.v.) which was attested from late 14c. in the sense of “military materials, provisions of war;” a sense now obsolete but which led to those of “engines for discharging missiles” (early 15c.) and “branch of the military concerned with stores and materials” (late 15c.). The shorter word was established in these distinct senses by 17c. Ordnance survey (1833), official survey of Great Britain and Ireland, was undertaken by the government under the direction of the Master-General of the Ordnance (a natural choice, because gunners have to be skilled at surveying ranges and distances).


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