Definition of howitzer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhouətsər/


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


Late 17th century: from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice 'catapult'.

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Syllabification: how·itz·er

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