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[guhn-uh-ree] /ˈgʌn ə ri/
the art and science of constructing and operating guns, especially large guns.
the act of firing guns.
guns collectively.
Origin of gunnery
First recorded in 1490-1500; gun1 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ogle, however, continued to give proof that his knowledge of gunnery was not of yesterday.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • But Dennison had been a gunnery officer in the Navy and had seen his share of action.

    Forever Robert Sheckley
  • Lanko flicked off the gunnery switches and leaned back, rubbing his head.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • This time there was no defect in the ordnance or the gunnery of the American ship.

  • gunnery was a closed corporation, and the gunner himself a guildsman.

  • Fortunately their gunnery was very bad, or they might have cut them to pieces.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • "Come with me, and we'll get you togged out for the ride," said the gunnery lieutenant.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • In gunnery, that which the axis of the bore makes with the plane of the horizon.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for gunnery


the art and science of the efficient design and use of ordnance, esp artillery
guns collectively
the use and firing of guns
(modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with heavy guns, as in warfare: a gunnery officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gunnery

c.1600, from gun + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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