am·​mu·​ni·​tion | \ˌam-yə-ˈni-shən \

Definition of ammunition 

1a : the projectiles with their fuses, propelling charges, or primers fired from guns

b : cartridges

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 gun was a semiautomatic pistol with 11 rounds of ammunition, the report said. Fox News, "Student brought gun, knives to school to feel 'powerful,' 'cool,' authorities say," 2 Oct. 2018 What Wyatt experienced was a gun show, or a temporary market constructed to facilitate sales of firearms and ammunition, as well as military-themed memorabilia. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "The Gun Show Loophole, Explained," 26 July 2018 Police said a Gary man was arrested Thursday after a search warrant for his residence reportedly turned up guns, ammunition, drug and related items, and cash. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Man, 47, arrested in Gary raid," 13 July 2018 Weapons, ammunition, uniforms, and other wartime necessities were manufactured here to be distributed throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 Up for sale were hundreds of military-grade automatic weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and surface-to-air missiles — all purportedly stolen while en route to American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeremy Roebuck,, "How a Delco man sought to use stolen U.S. military weapons to wage war in Liberia," 28 June 2018 Delmas warned shooters against using exploding targets or steel-core ammunition, both of which can spark fires. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho agencies bracing for 'interesting,' 'above-average' wildfire season," 28 June 2018 After obtaining a search warrant police found additional firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, heroin/fentanyl residue, packaging materials, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes, according to the sheriff’s department. Amanda Marrazzo, McHenry County, "Crystal Lake man charged with drug-induced homicide in McHenry County death," 22 June 2018 Daniels is serving a 14-year sentence for first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Officer punched in face, another injured in struggle with Sacramento State Prison inmate," 14 June 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 \

Kids Definition of ammunition

: objects fired from weapons

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