[ hou-it-ser ]
/ ˈhaʊ ɪt sər /

noun Ordnance.

a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench.

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Origin of howitzer

1685–95; earlier hauwitzer < Dutch houvietser, equivalent to houviets- (< German Haubitze, Middle High German haufnitz < Czech houfnice slingshot) + -er -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for howitzer

/ (ˈhaʊɪtsə) /


a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire

Word Origin for howitzer

C16: from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice stone-sling
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