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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gunnery

Contemporary Examples of gunnery

Historical Examples of gunnery

  • 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.


    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.

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 warfarea gunnery officer
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Word Origin and History for gunnery

c.1600, from gun + -ery.

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