What does the word ordnance mean?

Usage examples for ordnance

  1. Prince Poniatowski ordered the lines to extend themselves, that the right should reach to the river, and the left be covered by the rising ground, on which were mounted seven pieces of ordnance. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  2. But the design was quickly abandoned; the clumsy ordnance was left on the field, and orders were given to the cavalry to charge; the trumpets sounded, and, crying their war- cries, the bold cavaliers struck their spurs into their steeds, and rode at full speed against the enemy. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by Prescott, William Hickling
  3. My first search was for time- fuses of good type, of which I needed two or three thousand, and after a wearily long time found a great number symmetrically arranged in rows in a range of buildings called the Ordnance Store Department. – The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel