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 course wouldn’t use any real firearms or live ammunition but would instead teach children what to do when encountering an unsecured firearm, among other things. Sarah Zimmerman, The Seattle Times, "Key deadline means end of the road for hundreds of bills," 11 Apr. 2019 But his gun was loaded with live ammunition, not the rubber bullets he’d been ordered to use, an investigation later found. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "After a killing, an Israeli soldier and an Arab family confronted justice," 16 June 2018 Kevin Nugent, 40, was arrested after investigators discovered a .380 Ruger pistol, Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside his home, the Queens district attorney's office said. CBS News, "New York City man accused of stockpiling weapons, drugs, fake police gear," 2 June 2018 Simons had brought to school a semi-automatic rifle under his jacket and a bag full of extra ammunition, bottle rockets and batteries, police said at the press conference. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Ohio 7th Grader Who Fatally Shot Himself in School Bathroom Planned a Mass Shooting: Police," 2 Mar. 2018 The second Turkish soldier, a reserve officer trainee, was arrested three hours later, at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) carrying neither weapons nor ammunition. Fox News, "2 Turkish service members arrested at Greek border released," 9 Sep. 2018 Jackson’s deposition provided accurate details of the night of the shooting, from the type of weapons and ammunition used to the position of the deputies and vehicles during the shootout. Obaid H. Siddiqui, The Root, "The Unofficial Gag Order of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown): 16 Years in Prison, Still Not Allowed to Speak," 30 May 2018 At least three other recent incidents in the region involved assault-style weapons or ammunition. Julie Shaw,, "Man who allegedly told brother, 12, to grab assault rifle in Bridesburg dispute to face trial," 17 May 2018 Additionally, all of the weapons and ammunition seized by police during the Dec. 14, 2006, raid on Johnson's Gurnee home were ordered destroyed. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County criminal attorney Thomas Briscoe dead at 64," 15 May 2018

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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