Definition of ordnance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrdnəns/


1Mounted guns; artillery.
Example sentences
  • 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.
guns, cannon, artillery, weapons, arms, ammunition;
1.1US Military weapons, ammunition, and equipment used in connection with them.
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  • 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.
2A branch of the armed forces dealing with the supply and storage of weapons, ammunition, and related equipment.
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  • 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.


Late Middle English: variant of ordinance.

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Syllabification: ord·nance

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