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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In some neighborhoods, students created brick and concrete barricades to keep out riot police and pro-government forces who have used tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammunition to attack protesters. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: University becomes refuge in Nicaragua unrest," 5 July 2018 The other officer shot the man with live ammunition. Joe Robertson And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Grandview officer shoots, kills 60-year-old man who charged police with two swords," 1 July 2018 Palestinian health officials said nearly half of the injuries— were caused by live ammunition, a higher toll than on previous days. Laura King,, "Celebration in Jerusalem as U.S. moves embassy, bloodshed in Gaza as dozens of Palestinians killed," 14 May 2018 But the use of live ammunition on largely peaceful crowds has drawn condemnation from human rights groups. Loveday Morris, The Seattle Times, "As Ivanka and Jared join embassy party in Jerusalem, Gaza braces for violence," 13 May 2018 Over the past month, 39 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,600 wounded in weekly border protests along the Gaza border, prompting human rights groups to ask Israel's Supreme Court on Monday to restrict or ban the use of live ammunition. Matthew Lee,, "Secretary of State Pompeo says Israel, Palestinian peace still a U.S. priority," 30 Apr. 2018 The Russian Defense Ministry said the three-day exercises that started Wednesday will involve the firing of live ammunition at sea and air targets. Fox News, "Russia launches three-day Baltic maneuvers," 4 Apr. 2018 The exercises used live ammunition so she could be trained to recognize the sound of real gunfire. David Brennan, Newsweek, "Meghan Markle 'Kidnapped' By Special Forces In Royal Terror Training," 14 Mar. 2018 Police allegedly recovered three handguns; ammunition; drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and steroids; drug paraphernalia and scales; and about $1,500 in cash from the residence. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Man, 47, arrested in Gary raid," 13 July 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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