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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California law prohibits the sale of assault weapons that meet certain criteria and the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: Killer had more guns, survival gear and a clown mask," 8 Aug. 2019 His package also does not address some of the more restrictive laws adopted in other states, such as banning assault-style weapons or limiting the size of ammunition magazines. Author: Julie Carr Smyth, Anchorage Daily News, "Ohio Republicans again faced with calls to enact gun reforms," 7 Aug. 2019 But only nine states have laws banning large-capacity ammunition magazines, and Ohio is not one of them. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Nine states ban large-capacity ammunition magazines, but Ohio is not one of them," 5 Aug. 2019 Both handguns had ammunition magazines in them, but neither had a round in the chamber, police said. Emily Brindley,, "West Hartford residents arrested for meth, fentanyl, loaded firearm near children," 24 July 2019 The board voted last September to stop the shows until the fair district could write a policy to allow informational presentations only with no sales of firearms or ammunition. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gun shows return to Del Mar in September as state defends ban in court," 16 July 2019 Many angry readers also suggested that my ignorance of firearms and ammunition disqualifies me from commenting on gun ownership or gun violence. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 1 July 2019 Gun groups have won a court order blocking another provision of Proposition 63 that prohibits the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "After cop’s death, Gov. Gavin Newsom says he supports expanding ‘red flag’ gun laws," 25 June 2019 Officers seized multiple high-powered firearms, including an assault rifle, 38 high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to investigators. Alex Wigglesworth, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach man with high-powered firearms threatened mass shooting at Long Beach hotel, police say," 21 Aug. 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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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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