howitzer

Part of speech: noun

A short light cannon.

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Usage examples "howitzer":

  1. A great howitzer near the road lifts its huge muzzle slowly, fires and goes down again, and lifts again and fires. - "Tales of War", Lord Dunsany.
  2. The field artillery carries batteries of cannon and light howitzer, and the drivers are armed with a sword and revolver. - "Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights", Kelly Miller.
  3. With a howitzer taken for the occasion, it was intended to have blown this gate open, and to have taken the place by storm; but on reaching it while the ranks opened, and the men sought to surround the castle to seek for some other entrance at the same time, they were picked off so rapidly and unexpectedly from the loop holes above, that a general flight took place, the howitzer was abandoned, even before it had been fired, and both the officers and the troops sought shelter by lying down behind the ridges of sand and little hillocks immediately underneath the castle walls. - "The Pirates Own Book", Charles Ellms.