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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice, which was derived from houf (flock, crowd) +‎ -nice. The Czech noun houf comes from Middle High German hufe (heap), from Old High German hūfo.[1]

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howitzer (plural howitzers)

  1. A cannon that combines certain characteristics of guns and mortars. The howitzer delivers projectiles with medium velocities, either by low or high trajectories.
  2. 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
  3. (sports, rugby, ice hockey) A powerfully hit shot.
    • 2018 September 7, Tom English, “Scotland 0-4 Belgium”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Belgium took a little while to catch Scotland with the first of the howitzer blows, but when the first one landed there was a certainty of more. Many more.

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