from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Large-caliber weapons, such as cannon, howitzers, and missile launchers, that are operated by crews.
- n. The branch of an army that specializes in the use of such weapons.
- n. The science of the use of guns; gunnery.
- n. Weapons, such as catapults, arbalests, and other early devices, used for discharging missiles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Large cannon like weapons, transportable and usually operated by more than one person.
- n. A unit of the army, that uses such weapons.
- n. Gunnery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Munitions of war; implements for warfare, as slings, bows, and arrows.
- n. Cannon; great guns; ordnance, including guns, mortars, howitzers, etc., with their equipment of carriages, balls, bombs, and shot of all kinds.
- n. The men and officers of that branch of the army to which the care and management of artillery are confided.
- n. The science of artillery or gunnery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Implements of war: in this sense formerly with a plural.
- n. In particular Engines for discharging missiles, as catapults, bows, crossbows, slings, etc.
- n. In modern use, properly, all firearms discharged from carriages, in contradistinction to small arms, which are discharged from the hand; cannon; ordnance.
- n. Hence The particular troops employed in the service of such firearms.
- n. The science which treats of the use and management of ordnance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an army unit that uses big guns
- n. large but transportable armament
- n. a means of persuading or arguing
Middle English artillerie, from Old French, from artillier, to equip, perhaps alteration of atiller, from Vulgar Latin *apticulāre, from Latin aptāre, to fit, adapt, from aptus, apt; see apt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English artillerie, from Old French artillerie. (Wiktionary)