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[muhs-ki-tree] /ˈmʌs kɪ tri/
Military. the technique of bringing fire from a group of rifle and automatic weapons to bear on specified targets.
muskets collectively.
musketeers collectively.
Origin of musketry
From the French word mousqueterie, dating back to 1640-50. See musket, -ry Unabridged
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  • Thunder of guns and rattle of musketry nearer, daily, bring fresh alarms.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • In the middle of the night there was a crash of musketry, and a sudden uproar.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • They are arranged as extensive tenements within, pierced for musketry, and only in some cases with terraces for cannon.

  • From the bottom of the slope, where the parleys had taken place, came the report of musketry.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The next morning we were awakened by the booming of cannon and clash of musketry.

    Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller
  • Directly we heard volleys of musketry, and then the camps were astir.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • Bayonets clashed and musketry rattled; but our troops seemed to know that the end was near, and nothing could stay or resist them.

  • But they had been seen, and a random discharge of musketry followed.

    The Battle and the Breeze R.M. Ballantyne
  • The days passed quietly, with no fighting except an occasional rattle of musketry and now and then a cannon shot.

  • Suddenly a rattle of musketry from behind drew Helmar's attention.

    Under the Rebel's Reign Charles Neufeld
British Dictionary definitions for musketry


muskets or musketeers collectively
the technique of using small arms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for musketry

1640s, from French mousqueterie, from mousquet "musket" (see musket), on analogy of Italian moschetteria.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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