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

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The retailer still plans to sell ammunition in New Mexico. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Walmart will stop selling guns in New Mexico," 9 July 2019 In addition to outdoor brands like Camelbak and Camp Chef, and the two gun makers, Vista Outdoor owns ammunition companies like CCI and Federal. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "REI Brings Vista Outdoor Brands Back to Stores," 9 July 2019 He was arrested in January 2015, after buying two semiautomatic rifles and ammunition at a Colerain Township gun shop. Kevin Grasha,, "Green Township man imprisoned for terror plot legally assumes new name," 8 July 2019 To cynics, the absences provided ammunition to condemn the conference. Fortune, "The Bahrain Conference: What the Experts and the Media Missed," 30 June 2019 Tsiboe suffered a minor wound from bullet fragments when ammunition in the patrol car began going off because of the fire, WCMH Channel 4 reports. Cliff Pinckard,, "Ohio state trooper seriously injured in head-on crash with wrong-way driver," 27 June 2019 Some regulations have been passed to limit the use of lead ammunition. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This lead-poisoned eagle miraculously recovered. Most aren’t so lucky," 26 June 2019 They might be deployed against fuel and ammunition stores, too. The Economist, "Submarine-launched drone platoons will soon be emerging from the sea," 22 June 2019 Officers went to that house and spoke with a friend of Seplak, who, after being told a search warrant would be obtained, took officers into his garage and took a handgun and ammunition out from underneath the seat of his car, Newman said. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Libertyville murder trial witness describes defendant's alleged obsession with her," 12 June 2019

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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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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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