Adjective "artillery" definition and examples

(Artillery may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Large-calibre guns used in warfare on land.
  1. 'The sound of heavy artillery fire could be heard from the fringes of the city, but there was no sign of US forces.'
  2. 'Modern categories of artillery fire solid shot, shrapnel, or explosive shells.'
  3. 'The night here is punctuated by artillery fire and that fire was coming from the east.'
  4. 'The use of machine guns and heavy artillery consumed infantry offensives like bundles of straw in a furnace.'
  5. 'British forces took its airport and a bridge, but Iraqi forces resisted with artillery and heavy machine guns.'
  6. 'On the rest of the front there was intermittent artillery fire.'
  7. 'From ahead came the rumble of heavy artillery fire off to the west and the east.'
  8. 'Fire delivered by artillery and tanks formed the backbone of the antitank defense.'
  9. 'When we reached about the halfway point, then the mortar and artillery fire started falling.'
  10. 'The attack on Rommel's lines started with over 800 artillery guns firing at the German lines.'
  11. 'each corps included two regiments of field artillery'
  12. 'Coalition ground forces wanted air support to take out harassing enemy artillery.'
  13. 'Together with the armour, artillery and infantry, the Royal Engineers form one of the combat elements of the army.'
  14. 'Reinforced with artillery the Kwantung Army tried again on 23 July, but were again checked.'
  15. 'More than 300 gunners from seven artillery units lined the road outside the cathedral.'
  16. 'A good part of their infantries were pulled out, but more of their armour and artillery came in.'
  17. 'The Mahratta artillery opened fire at close range with grapeshot and chainshot, doing terrible execution.'
  18. 'While the Army tends to view air power as merely an air artillery, the Air Force looks at itself as a strategic force.'
  19. 'To train your artillery to fire on command, you'll need to take matters into your own hands.'
  20. 'During the second world war he served as a gunner in the South African artillery throughout the Italian campaign.'
  21. 'Her husband is also on active military service with the 9th artillery regiment.'

More definitions

1. mounted projectile-firing guns or missile launchers, mobile or stationary, light or heavy, as distinguished from small arms.

2. the troops or the branch of an army concerned with the use and service of such weapons.

3. the science that treats of the use of such weapons.

More examples(as adjective)

"attacks can be artillery."

"datings can be artillery."

"bombardments can be artillery."


Late Middle English: from Old French artillerie, from artiller, alteration of atillier ‘equip, arm’, probably a variant of atirier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + tire ‘rank, order’.