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
Recent Examples on the Web The two suspects in the truck retrieved weapons and ammunition before stealing the third vehicle, Williams said. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2021 There was talk of bringing weapons and ammunition, and discussion over which lawmakers should be targeted first. New York Times, 30 June 2021 In July of that year he was released from detention in the Dominican Republic after he and five others were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear. John Mcafee, Fortune, 24 June 2021 Speaking with The Associated Press by phone, Juneja said the fleeing rebels took weapons and ammunition from slain security personnel. Indrajit Singh, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Schumer did not indicate whether Democrats may try to go even further to rein in gun ownership by taking up legislation banning some assault-style weapons and ammunition. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 23 Mar. 2021 All of the weapons and ammunition were purchased legally, police said. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2021 Carsten also granted a motion to exclude evidence of gun ownership by the Rivera family after the defense argued that the weapons and ammunition couldn’t be tied to the murder. Cristóbal Reyes,, 12 Mar. 2021 After the protests, the lack of information from Hall about the use of chemical weapons and less-lethal ammunition during the June 1 arrests of 674 protesters on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge strained the trust of council members. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Ammunition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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