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Howitzer vs. Mortar

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Howitzernoun

A cannon that combines certain characteristics of guns and mortars. The howitzer delivers projectiles with medium velocities, by either low or high trajectories.

Mortarnoun

(uncountable) A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding building blocks.

Howitzernoun

Normally a cannon with a tube length of 20 to 30 calibers; however, the tube length can exceed 30 calibers and still be considered a howitzer when the high angle fire zoning solution permits range overlap between charges

Mortarnoun

A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers and designed to lob shells at very steep trajectories.

Howitzernoun

A powerfully hit shot.

Mortarnoun

(countable) A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle.

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Howitzerverb

To attack with a howitzer.

Mortarverb

(transitive) To use mortar or plaster to join two things together.

Howitzernoun

A gun so short that the projectile, which was hollow, could be put in its place by hand; a kind of mortar.

Mortarverb

(transitive) To pound in a mortar.

Howitzernoun

a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range

Mortarverb

To fire a mortar (weapon).

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Howitzer

A howitzer () is a long-ranged weapon, falling between a cannon (also known as artillery gun in the U.S.), which fires shells at flat trajectories, and a mortar, which fires at high angles of ascent and descent. Howitzers, like other artillery equipment, are usually organized in a group called a battery.

Mortarnoun

A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.

Mortarnoun

A short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs, carcasses, shells, etc., at high angles of elevation, as 45°, and even higher; - so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.

Mortarnoun

A building material made by mixing lime, cement, or plaster of Paris, with sand, water, and sometimes other materials; - used in masonry for joining stones, bricks, etc., also for plastering, and in other ways.

Mortarnoun

A chamber lamp or light.

Mortarverb

To plaster or make fast with mortar.

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Mortarnoun

a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range

Mortarnoun

used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall

Mortarnoun

a bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and mixed with a pestle

Mortarverb

plaster with mortar;

‘mortar the wall’;

Mortarnoun

a short smooth-bore gun for firing shells (technically called bombs) at high angles

‘mortars and machine guns’; ‘nine civilians died in a horrific mortar attack’;

Mortarnoun

a device used for firing a lifeline or firework.

Mortarnoun

a cup-shaped receptacle in which ingredients are crushed or ground, used in cooking or pharmacy

‘a pestle and mortar’;

Mortarnoun

a mixture of lime with cement, sand, and water, used in building to bond bricks or stones.

Mortarverb

attack or bombard with a mortar

‘at first light the mortaring and sniping started’; ‘the Commando positions were being heavily mortared’;

Mortarverb

fix or join using mortar

‘the pipe can be mortared in place’;

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