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English → English (gcide) Definition: Train of artillery Train \Train\, n. [F. train, OF. tra["i]n, trahin; cf. (for some of the senses) F. traine. See Train, v.] 1. That which draws along; especially, persuasion, artifice, or enticement; allurement. [Obs.] “Now to my charms, and to my wily trains.” --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, something tied to a lure to entice a hawk; also, a trap for an animal; a snare. --Halliwell. [1913 Webster] With cunning trains him to entrap un wares. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is drawn along in the rear of, or after, something; that which is in the hinder part or rear. Specifically : [1913 Webster] (a) That part of a gown which trails behind the wearer. [1913 Webster] (b) (Mil.) The after part of a gun carriage; the trail. [1913 Webster] (c) The tail of a bird. “The train steers their flights, and turns their bodies, like the rudder of ship.” --Ray. [1913 Webster] 4. A number of followers; a body of attendants; a retinue; a suite. [1913 Webster] The king's daughter with a lovely train. --Addison. [1913 Webster] My train are men of choice and rarest parts. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. A consecution or succession of connected things; a series. “A train of happy sentiments.” --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] The train of ills our love would draw behind it. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Rivers now Stream and perpetual draw their humid train. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Other truths require a train of ideas placed in order. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 6. Regular method; process; course; order; as, things now in a train for settlement. [1913 Webster] If things were once in this train, . . . our duty would take root in our nature. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 7. The number of beats of a watch in any certain time. [1913 Webster] 8. A line of gunpowder laid to lead fire to a charge, mine, or the like. [1913 Webster] 9. A connected line of cars or carriages on a railroad; -- called also railroad train. [1913 Webster] 10. A heavy, long sleigh used in Canada for the transportation of merchandise, wood, and the like. [1913 Webster] 11. (Rolling Mill) A roll train; as, a 12-inch train. [1913 Webster] 12. (Mil.) The aggregation of men, animals, and vehicles which accompany an army or one of its subdivisions, and transport its baggage, ammunition, supplies, and reserve materials of all kinds. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Roll train, or Train of rolls (Rolling Mill), a set of plain or grooved rolls for rolling metal into various forms by a series of consecutive operations. Train mile (Railroads), a unit employed in estimating running expenses, etc., being one of the total number of miles run by all the trains of a road, or system of roads, as within a given time, or for a given expenditure; -- called also mile run. Train of artillery, any number of cannon, mortars, etc., with the attendants and carriages which follow them into the field. --Campbell (Dict. Mil. Sci.). Train of mechanism, a series of moving pieces, as wheels and pinions, each of which is follower to that which drives it, and driver to that which follows it. Train road, a slight railway for small cars, -- used for construction, or in mining. Train tackle (Naut.), a tackle for running guns in and out. [1913 Webster] Syn: Cars. Usage: Train, Cars. At one time “train” meaning railroad train was also referred to in the U. S. by the phrase “the cars”. In the 1913 dictionary the usage was described thus: “Train is the word universally used in England with reference to railroad traveling; as, I came in the morning train. In the United States, the phrase the cars has been extensively introduced in the room of train; as, the cars are late; I came in the cars. The English expression is obviously more appropriate, and is prevailing more and more among Americans, to the exclusion of the cars.” [1913 Webster +PJC] Artillery \Ar*til"ler*y\, n. [OE. artilrie, OF. artillerie, arteillerie, fr. LL. artillaria, artilleria, machines and apparatus of all kinds used in war, vans laden with arms of any kind which follow camps; F. artillerie great guns, ordnance; OF. artillier to work artifice, to fortify, to arm, prob. from L. ars, artis, skill in joining something, art. See Art.] 1. Munitions of war; implements for warfare, as slings, bows, and arrows. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad. --1 Sam. xx. 40. [1913 Webster] 2. Cannon; great guns; ordnance, including guns, mortars, howitzers, etc., with their equipment of carriages, balls, bombs, and shot of all kinds. [1913 Webster] Note: The word is sometimes used in a more extended sense, including the powder, cartridges, matches, utensils, machines of all kinds, and horses, that belong to a train of artillery. [1913 Webster] 3. The men and officers of that branch of the army to which the care and management of artillery are confided. [1913 Webster] 4. The science of artillery or gunnery. --Campbell. [1913 Webster] Artillery park, or Park of artillery. (a) A collective body of siege or field artillery, including the guns, and the carriages, ammunition, appurtenances, equipments, and persons necessary for working them. (b) The place where the artillery is encamped or collected. Artillery train, or Train of artillery, a number of pieces of ordnance mounted on carriages, with all their furniture, ready for marching. [1913 Webster]


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