am·​mu·​ni·​tion | \ ˌam-yə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce ammunition (audio) \

Definition of ammunition

1a : the projectiles with their fuses, propelling charges, or primers fired from guns
c : explosive military items (such as grenades or bombs)
2 : material for use in attacking or defending a position ammunition for the defense lawyers

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Examples of ammunition in a Sentence

The troops were supplied with weapons and ammunition. be certain that all of your accusations are true, lest you just give them ammunition to claim that all of them are false
Recent Examples on the Web At the site of the assassination attempt against García Harfuch in Mexico City’s tony Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, the police recovered Barrett semiautomatic rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel blazes a bloody trail in rise to power," 10 July 2020 While Sierra County prosecutors work on filing charges, Ramsay said Conway will be held indefinitely on his outstanding warrants and likely face new charges about possession of ammunition. Matthias Gafni,, "Suspect in ambush killing of Danville doctor recovering from gunshot wound, had previous convictions," 8 July 2020 He was not charged for the legal possession of nearly 700 rounds of various kinds of ammunition also found in his car. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man says West Allis police beat him after he had surrendered at end of car chase," 8 July 2020 Then make sure that all ammunition is safely secured in another room. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "You Just Purchased a Handgun for Personal Defense, Now What?," 1 July 2020 Buried in the garden, police found 2 kilograms of PETN plastic explosives, a detonator, a fuse, an AK-47, a silencer, two knives, a crossbow, and thousands of rounds of ammunition — much of it believed to have been stolen from the military. Katrin Bennhold,, "As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’," 3 July 2020 Meanwhile, no one knows what has happened to the about 135 pounds of explosives and 48,000 rounds of ammunition that are missing. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Germany disbands elite military unit after reports of right-wing extremism," 2 July 2020 Earlier this month, after criticism about the use of less-lethal ammunition at protests, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax and Police Chief U. Reneé Hall on June 5 announced several policies aimed at reform. Dallas News, "Dallas Police Chief announces new policy to release videos of critical incidents within 72 hours," 1 July 2020 Pakistani police and Rangers discovered more than a dozen hand grenades, boxes of ammunition, and several automatic rifles that the attackers had brought to the stock exchange. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Militant siege on Pakistan stock exchange leaves at least 3 dead," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of ammunition

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ammunition

obsolete French amunition, from Middle French, alteration of munition

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The first known use of ammunition was in 1607

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19 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ammunition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ammunition

: the objects (such as bullets and shells) that are shot from weapons


am·​mu·​ni·​tion | \ ˌam-yə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce ammunition (audio) \

Kids Definition of ammunition

: objects fired from weapons

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