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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Many mass shooters have legally purchased weapons and ammunition using credit or debit cards. Max Zahn, ABC News, 13 Sep. 2022 Anyone who has driven south across the border likely has read the signs: Carrying weapons and ammunition from the U.S. into Mexico is against the law in that country., 12 Sep. 2022 Ukrainian forces may be looking on closely at the potential purchase by Russia and seeking to accelerate their shift away from older Soviet weapons and ammunition toward newer weapons supplied and manufactured by the United States and its allies. Adela Suliman And John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2022 President Biden on Wednesday announced the United States’ largest single commitment of weapons and ammunition for Ukraine, in what his administration called a symbol of Washington’s long-term support for efforts to repel Russia’s invasion. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 Earlier shipments, most of them done under Presidential Drawdown Authority, have focused on Ukraine’s more immediate needs for weapons and ammunition and involved materiel that the Pentagon already has in stock that can be shipped in short order. Matthew Lee,, 24 Aug. 2022 The Dispatch reports Wilhelm might have had a stash of weapons and ammunition in the home and was determined not to be arrested. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2022 The man accused in a string of shootings along Interstate 85 in Alabama and Georgia appearing to be firing randomly and was found with a cache of weapons and ammunition in his car. Carol Robinson |, al, 18 Aug. 2022 Malian soldiers killed 48 attackers and destroyed three pickups containing weapons and ammunition during a subsequent counterattack, according to a provisional assessment from the country's armed forces. Jorge Engels, CNN, 28 July 2022 See More

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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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18 Sep 2022

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“Ammunition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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: objects fired from weapons

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