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  1. Military. the technique of bringing fire from a group of rifle and automatic weapons to bear on specified targets.
  2. muskets collectively.
  3. musketeers collectively.
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Origin of musketry

From the French word mousqueterie, dating back to 1640–50. See musket, -ry
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Examples from the Web for musketry

Historical Examples

  • He awaited, in an agony of suspense, the rattle of the musketry.

    The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • This was all done with musketry, no heavy guns being used at this place.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • On the 28th, Lockwood, our musketry expert, was severely wounded in the chest.

  • There fell so heavy a rain at that moment that the musketry was of no use.

    Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, Complete

    Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre

  • It was from there that the musketry fire, which was growing hotter, had proceeded.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for musketry


  1. muskets or musketeers collectively
  2. the technique of using small arms
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Word Origin and History for musketry


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

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