WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
how•itz•er /ˈhaʊɪtsɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Militarya cannon with a short barrel, used esp. for firing shells at a steep upward angle.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
how•itz•er  (houit sər),USA pronunciation n. [Ordn.]
  1. Militarya cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used esp. for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench.
  • Czech houfnice slingshot) + -er -er1
  • German Haubitze, Middle High German haufnitz
  • Dutch houvietser, equivalent. to houviets- (
  • earlier hauwitzer 1685–95


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

howitzer /ˈhaʊɪtsə/ n
  1. a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire
Etymology: 16th Century: from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice stone-sling



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