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Meaning of howitzer

how•itz•er

Pronunciation: (hou'it-sur), [key]
— n. Ordn.
  1. a 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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