Definition of artillery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɑːˈtɪləri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈtɪləri//
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  1. 1[uncountable] large, heavy guns which are often moved on wheels The town is under heavy artillery fire. artillery attacks/barrages/shells
  2. 2the artillery [singular] the section of an army trained to use these guns He was a captain in the Royal Artillery.
  3. Wordfinderarmy, artillery, battalion, command, defend, invade, officer, regiment, tactics, weapon Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French artillerie, from artiller, alteration of atillier ‘equip, arm’, probably a variant of atirier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + tire ‘rank, order’.Extra examples The soldiers of the artillery train had panicked and cut the traces of their horses. nuclear artillery units A stray artillery shell struck the hospital. The army launched a heavy artillery barrage against enemy positions.
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