noun ord·nance \ˈrd-nən(t)s\

: military supplies including weapons, ammunition, armor, vehicles, etc.

: large, heavy guns on wheels

Full Definition of ORDNANCE

a :  military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and maintenance tools and equipment
b :  a service of the army charged with the procuring, distributing, and safekeeping of ordnance

Examples of ORDNANCE

  1. The company was outfitted with 50-millimeter ordnance.
  2. <the army is waiting for the heavy ordnance to be brought in>

Origin of ORDNANCE

Middle English ordinaunce, from Anglo-French ordenance disposition, preparation, military provisions — more at ordinance
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to ORDNANCE

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


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