from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Artillery other than antiaircraft artillery that is light enough to be mounted for use in the field.
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- n. The part of an army's artillery which consists of (light) fieldpieces (canons, howitzers) which are mobile enough to deploy on the (battle) field, as opposed to the fixed guns in fortifications or naval artillery; usually excludes antiaircraft.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. light ordnance mounted on wheels, for the use of a marching army.
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- n. movable artillery (other than antiaircraft) used by armies in the field (especially for direct support of front-line troops)
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Corral Castle, the southernmost fort on the headland, had been built to resist such an assault, and Chorocomayo Castle, high on the headland's spine, was equipped with field artillery designed to keep a land attack from reaching the headland's neck, but no one had expected a landing on the Aguada del Ingles and then a crazy shrieking assault in the blood-sodden darkness.
It was no secret that any day now Wellesley would take the army into Spain, to follow the River Tagus that was aimed like a spear at the capital, Madrid, and Hogan, as well as sketching endless maps, had strengthened the culverts and bridges which would have to take the tons of brass and wood as the field artillery rolled towards the enemy.
“The principal material wanted by the Greeks appears to be, first, a park of field artillery ” light, and fit for mountain-service; secondly, gunpowder; thirdly, hospital or medical stores.
Burgoyne then ordered 500 Hessians under General Riedesel with light field artillery to attack the American right.
Lead missiles were not unknown, but they were designed to be flung from small field artillery over the top of city walls, as at Perusia, and that was a blind exercise of debatable effectiveness.
For, while attending to his duties with the Swedish field artillery which was a novel feature of Gustavus's army, he was desperately wounded by the premature explosion of a quantity of gunpowder.
H. C. Whiting—the same Whiting whose official neck Johnston had saved the previous winter—to clear the woods and then, if practicable, to move up field artillery to where it could bombard the landing place and the transports.
Besides the infantry mentioned, there were several batteries of field artillery in the works, and in Redoubt No. 4 there were two heavy guns and a large Howitzer.