plunging fire


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plunging fire

[′plənj·iŋ ′fīr]
(ordnance)
Gunfire that strikes the earth's surface at a high angle of fall, that is, greater than 45°.
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Finally, TF Iron used M-240 and MK-48 machine guns to provide plunging fire and engage the insurgents at long ranges.
So many undercurrents in the warm, comfortably cluttered room, the shifting fire making crackling sounds, the baby sitting on Mari's knee, crooning softly to herself as if to catch the rhythms of the plunging fire, tugging at the ears of her toy panda one minute, poking gently with her chubby fingers at her mother's nose and mouth the next.
The overwhelming majority of respondents questioned why the 60mm mortars had to be mothballed; others asked just how exactly a 40mm automatic grenade launcher could replace the short-range, indirect plunging fire of a mortar?