ammunition

noun
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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This can give you ammunition to get bills covered or discounted if the information you were given is wrong. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to save money on health care," 22 Oct. 2018 Offering ammunition for this argument is the game's fragile relationship with fickleness. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "The Mind: Most polarizing card game of the year?," 4 Aug. 2018 While Nunes has leaned on Gowdy to dig through the intelligence to give him ammunition against the probe, Gowdy has appeared uncomfortable at times by that role. Jeremy Herb And Manu Raju, CNN, "War between Trump and FBI puts Gowdy in delicate spot," 30 May 2018 The uptick, though, is giving the Fed more ammunition to steadily lift rates. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Fed stands pat on rates, clears way for June hike," 2 May 2018 Politicians were nervous about this, while the southern anti-suffragists used it as ammunition for opposing the amendment. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage," 20 Mar. 2018 According to the Prototype Opportunity Notice posted online, the Army wants the new weapons to fire in semi-automatic and fully automatic modes and share the same ammunition magazine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Chose a New Bullet for Its New Rifles," 9 Oct. 2018 The Colorado House returned the favor by rejecting Republican plans to allow concealed guns on school grounds and repeal the state ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines, a law passed after the Aurora shooting. Ryan J. Foley, Fox News, "AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns," 26 Sep. 2018 The reality is that dangerous misogynists exist in every country, but only America gives them easy access to arsenals and bulk ammunition. Shannon Watts, Vogue, "Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us," 31 Jan. 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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ammunition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ammunition

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

ammunition

noun
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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