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.
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|Robert Edsel|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Corn|April 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He said that by end of his tour he felt like the Iraqi insurgency was more sophisticated but simply running out of ordnance.
The matter of traction power for these gun and armament trains near the front set a problem for the Ordnance Department to solve.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
There was great scarcity of ordnance stores, but, happily, an abundant supply of subsistence stores.General Scott|General Marcus J. Wright
One day I saw the French Governor of the town coming along on horseback followed by his ordnance (groom).Fanny Goes to War|Pat Beauchamp
There were reasonable amounts of small arms and armor and six pieces of ordnance.The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624|Charles E. Hatch
The matter was then turned over to the Ordnance Department for further experiment.Pistol and Revolver Shooting|A. L. A. Himmelwright
British Dictionary definitions for ordnance
Word Origin for ordnance
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).