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 for Ordnance survey
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ordnance \Ord"nance\, n. [From OE. ordenance, referring orig. to
     the bore or size of the cannon. See Ordinance.]
     Heavy weapons of warfare; cannon, or great guns, mortars, and
     howitzers; artillery; sometimes, a general term for all
     weapons, ammunitiion, and appliances used in war.
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           All the battlements their ordnance fire. --Shak.
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           Then you may hear afar off the awful roar of his [Rufus
           Choate's] rifled ordnance.               --E. Everett.
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     Ordnance survey, the official survey of Great Britain and
        Ireland, conducted by the ordnance department.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Ordnance Survey
      n 1: the official cartography agency of the British government

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