Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science dealing with the techniques and procedures of operating guns.
  • n. The use of guns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of guns and gunfire including aspects of bullet flight and impact.
  • n. The design and manufacture of guns, particularly those of a large caliber.
  • n. A place where guns are tested, or where people are trained in their use

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That branch of military science which comprehends the theory of projectiles, and the manner of constructing and using ordnance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The use of guns: same as gunning.
  • n. Specifically The art and science of firing guns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. guns collectively

Etymologies

gun +‎ -ery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even though he never took control of an aircraft while in gunnery school, Clark reveled in the opportunity to soar and dive inside of AT-6 training planes.

    Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender, and Domesticity during World War II

  • We started our training in gunnery school in November, 1942.

    "OUR TURN NEXT"

  • I told him I was interested in gunnery school and he told me that I could go to gunnery school after I finished OCS.

    "OUR TURN NEXT"

  • The jolt was like a "puppy smacked by a truck," recalled the gunnery officer, Lt. (j.g.)

    Dead In the Water

  • For there is order in everything, and particularly in German gunnery.

    Adventures of a Despatch Rider

  • Upon this principle, Mr Tallboys had added John Hamilton Moore to his library, and had advanced about as far into navigation as he had in gunnery, that is, to the threshold, where he stuck fast, with all his mathematical tools, which he did not know how to use.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • Upon this principle Mr Tallboys had added John Hamilton Moore to his library, and had advanced about as far into navigation as he had in gunnery, that is, to the threshold, where he stuck fast, with all his mathematical tools, which he did not know how to use.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • He was noted for the especial care he had devoted to training his crew in gunnery, which is generally believed to have been the deciding factor in the duel with Chesapeake.

    FREE MARKET FAIRY TALES

  • Any kind of gunnery from those vantage-spots would guard the press.

    The Clarion

  • 'British schoolchildren t'be trained in swordmanship an' gunnery '(' half of 'em be knowin 'how t'use a knife already, this not be a stretch') and the iPad in the UK to be renamd the iPatch.

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  • Get thee to a gunnery.

    October 10, 2008

  • It can't be bothered with that. It's having an affair with "collectively" right now.

    October 10, 2008

  • WordNet is forgetting that gunnery also describes the art and science of using artillery.

    October 9, 2008