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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Artillery  \Ar*til"ler*y\,  n.  [OE.  artilrie  OF  artillerie 
  arteillerie  fr  LL  artillaria  artilleria  machines  and 
  apparatus  of  all  kinds  used  in  war,  vans  laden  with  arms  of 
  any  kind  which  follow  camps;  F.  artillerie  great  guns, 
  ordnance;  OF  artillier  to  work  artifice,  to  fortify,  to  arm, 
  prob.  from  L.  ars,  artis,  skill  in  joining  something  art. 
  See  {Art}.] 
  1.  Munitions  of  war;  implements  for  warfare,  as  slings,  bows, 
  and  arrows.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  Jonathan  gave  his  artillery  unto  his  lad.  --1 
  Sam.  xx  40. 
 
  2.  Cannon;  great  guns;  ordnance,  including  guns,  mortars, 
  howitzers,  etc.,  with  their  equipment  of  carriages,  balls, 
  bombs,  and  shot  of  all  kinds. 
 
  Note:  The  word  is  sometimes  used  in  a  more  extended  sense 
  including  the  powder,  cartridges,  matches,  utensils, 
  machines  of  all  kinds,  and  horses,  that  belong  to  a 
  train  of  artillery. 
 
  3.  The  men  and  officers  of  that  branch  of  the  army  to  which 
  the  care  and  management  of  artillery  are  confided. 
 
  4.  The  science  of  artillery  or  gunnery.  --Campbell. 
 
  {Artillery  park},  or  {Park  of  artillery}. 
  a  A  collective  body  of  siege  or  field  artillery, 
  including  the  guns,  and  the  carriages,  ammunition, 
  appurtenances,  equipments,  and  persons  necessary  for 
  working  them 
  b  The  place  where  the  artillery  is  encamped  or 
  collected. 
 
  {Artillery  train},  or  {Train  of  artillery},  a  number  of 
  pieces  of  ordnance  mounted  on  carriages,  with  all  their 
  furniture,  ready  for  marching. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  artillery 
  n  1:  large  but  transportable  armament  [syn:  {heavy  weapon},  {gun}, 
  {ordnance}] 
  2:  an  army  unit  that  uses  big  guns  [syn:  {artillery  unit}] 
  3:  a  means  of  persuading  or  arguing;  "he  used  all  his 
  conversational  weapons"  [syn:  {weapon}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Artillery 
  1  Sam.  20:40,  (Heb.  keli,  meaning  "apparatus;"  here  meaning 
  collectively  any  missile  weapons,  as  arrows  and  lances.  In 
  Revised  Version,  "weapons").  This  word  is  derived  from  the  Latin 
  artillaria  =  equipment  of  war. 
 




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