- 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.
Origin of howitzer
Examples from the Web for howitzer
The convoy included more than 40 tankers and trucks--19 of those were each towing a 122mm howitzer.Thousands of Putin’s Troops Now in Ukraine, Analysts Say
November 11, 2014
ISIS forces had come so close to Erbil that the city was in range of the Howitzer artillery cannons that ISIS possesses.McCain Calls Obama's 'Pinprick' Iraq Strikes 'Meaningless' and 'Almost Worse Than Nothing'
August 8, 2014
These include, among other things, some 1,500 Humvees and 52 Howitzer artillery guns, which have a range of up to 20 miles.The ISIS Caliphate’s Frightening First Month
July 29, 2014
Fortunately, by then he was in England carrying a steno pad, not in Tunisia hauling a howitzer.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
To-night we did not succeed in getting the howitzer into camp.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
This howitzer had a range of more than 6,000 yards, and was a powerful weapon.
At length those who could not escape surrendered, and the howitzer was ours.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
Our 15-inch howitzer could be used to batter Kilid Bahr forts.
Only one 6-inch Howitzer Battery (4 howitzers) and one 60-pr.
- a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire
Word Origin and History for howitzer
1680s, via Dutch houwitser (1660s), German Haubitze from Bohemian houfnice "a catapult," from houf "heap, crowd," a loan-word from Middle High German hufe "heap." Introduced to German during the Hussite wars, 14c.