- cannon or artillery.
- military weapons with their equipment, ammunition, etc.
- the branch of an army that procures, stores, and issues, weapons, munitions, and combat vehicles and maintains arsenals for their development and testing.
Origin of ordnance
Examples from the Web for ordnance
It could have closed off the school until another international organization with ordnance disposal skills secured the area.Did the United Nations Give Rockets to Hamas?
July 20, 2014
The American ordnance crew that had explored it estimated the mine contained 400,000 tons of explosives.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
February 6, 2014
Soon afterward, officials reported back to the president that even a surgical strike would require a large amount of ordnance.How Obama Got Bin Laden: A Detailed Account From ‘Showdown’ by David Corn
April 29, 2012
He said that by end of his tour he felt like the Iraqi insurgency was more sophisticated but simply running out of ordnance.The Real-Life Hurt Locker
February 2, 2010
Methinks I see the breastplates of horse over there, and some sign of ordnance too.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
It 's not a very comely piece of ordnance, but it is very true and easy to carry.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
If the ordnance officer wanted it, let him come himself and get it!The Long Roll
Provisions, ordnance, ammunition, and recruits were expected from St. Louis.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
This time there was no defect in the ordnance or the gunnery of the American ship.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
- cannon or artillery
- military supplies; munitions
- the ordnance a department of an army or government dealing with military supplies
Word Origin and History for ordnance
"cannon, artillery," 1540s, a clipped form of ordinance (q.v.) which was attested from late 14c. in the sense of "military materials, provisions of war;" a sense now obsolete but which led to those of "engines for discharging missiles" (early 15c.) and "branch of the military concerned with stores and materials" (late 15c.). The shorter word was established in these distinct senses by 17c. Ordnance survey (1833), official survey of Great Britain and Ireland, was undertaken by the government under the direction of the Master-General of the Ordnance (a natural choice, because gunners have to be skilled at surveying ranges and distances).