- mounted projectile-firing guns or missile launchers, mobile or stationary, light or heavy, as distinguished from small arms.
- the troops or the branch of an army concerned with the use and service of such weapons.
- the science that treats of the use of such weapons.
Origin of artillery
Examples from the Web for artillery
Artillery fire could be heard in Avtozavodsky district, on Chernyshevskogo and Putin avenues in downtown Grozny.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
The other subject he taught at VMI was something he knew a great deal about, too: artillery.
The “tactical” side of artillery—its use on a battlefield—was something Jackson was not called upon to explain.
Jackson fared better as an instructor of artillery, a subject he was far better at explaining.
Artillery and mortar duels all around the outskirts of Donetsk rumble angrily every day.Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?
November 24, 2014
A grievous error it is to suppose that Cupid's artillery is limited to bow and arrows.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Rain fell in torrents; the crashing thunder was like the roar of artillery.The Roof of France
They did so, and secured each a lieutenancy in an artillery regiment.The Boy Life of Napoleon
The shells from the French artillery on the Roman Road are crashing into the wood.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
In the centre of the island is an eminence, which was occupied by the garrison, and had some artillery.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- guns, cannon, howitzers, mortars, etc, of calibre greater than 20 mm
- troops or military units specializing in using such guns
- the science dealing with the use of guns
- devices for discharging heavy missiles, such as catapults or slings
Word Origin and History for artillery
late 14c., "warlike munitions," from Anglo-French artillerie, Old French artillerie (14c.), from artillier "to provide with engines of war" (13c.), which probably is from Medieval Latin articulum "art, skill," diminutive of Latin ars (genitive artis) "art." But some would connect it with Latin articulum "joint," and still others with Old French atillier "to equip," altered by influence of arte. Sense of "engines for discharging missiles" (catapults, slings, bows, etc.) is from late 15c.; that of "ordnance, large guns" is from 1530s.