am·​mu·​ni·​tion ˌam-yə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce ammunition (audio)
: the projectiles with their fuses, propelling charges, or primers fired from guns
: explosive military items (such as grenades or bombs)
: material for use in attacking or defending a position
ammunition for the defense lawyers

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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Word History


obsolete French amunition, from Middle French, alteration of munition

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ammunition was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Ammunition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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am·​mu·​ni·​tion ˌam-yə-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce ammunition (audio)
: objects (as bullets) fired from guns
: explosive objects (as bombs) used in war
: material that may be used in attacking or defending a position
results of the study provided more ammunition

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