EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ORDNANCE
Methinks I see the breastplates of horse over there, and some sign of ordnance too.
It 's not a very comely piece of ordnance, but it is very true and easy to carry.
If the ordnance officer wanted it, let him come himself and get it!
Provisions, ordnance, ammunition, and recruits were expected from St. Louis.
This time there was no defect in the ordnance or the gunnery of the American ship.
But the ordnance of both was light, so that the combat was greatly prolonged.
Before him was an ordnance map of the section covered by his operations.
We need trouble about naught except the ordnance, and them we must destroy.
Then, that done, return to your ordnance and prepare to fire, for the time will be at hand.
It encloses four acres, and has a large depot for ordnance, arms, &c.
"cannon, artillery," 1540s, a clipped form of ordinance (q.v.) which was attested from late 14c. in the sense of "military materials, provisions of war;" a sense now obsolete but which led to those of "engines for discharging missiles" (early 15c.) and "branch of the military concerned with stores and materials" (late 15c.). The shorter word was established in these distinct senses by 17c. Ordnance survey (1833), official survey of Great Britain and Ireland, was undertaken by the government under the direction of the Master-General of the Ordnance (a natural choice, because gunners have to be skilled at surveying ranges and distances).