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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Howitzer  \How"itz*er\,  n.  [G.  haubitze  formerly  hauffnitz 
  Bohem.  haufnice  orig.,  a  sling.]  (Mil.) 
  a  A  gun  so  short  that  the  projectile,  which  was  hollow, 
  could  be  put  in  its  place  by  hand;  a  kind  of  mortar. 
  [Obs.] 
  b  A  short,  light,  largebore  cannon,  usually  having  a 
  chamber  of  smaller  diameter  than  the  rest  of  the  bore, 
  and  intended  to  throw  large  projectiles  with 
  comparatively  small  charges. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  howitzer 
  n  :  a  muzzle-loading  cannon  with  a  short  barrel  that  fires 
  shells  at  high  elevations  for  a  short  range  [syn:  {mortar}, 
  {trench  mortar}] 




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