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Mounted guns, cannon; from the late 15th century, the branch of government service dealing especially with military stores and materials, under the control of the Master of the Ordnance. (The word was originally a variant of ordinance, and comes via Old French and medieval Latin from Latin ordinare ‘put in order’.)

Ordnance Survey in the UK, an official survey organization, originally under the direction of the Master of the Ordnance, preparing large-scale detailed maps of the whole country; it originated in a topographic survey (1784) of the Trigonometric Society.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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