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 problem was his gun and ammunition were in the back seat of the Lexus, and so far the items haven’t been returned by the recovery company. John Benson, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2021 But Garcia Zarate, who had been behind bars since the shooting, remains in custody facing federal charges of being a felon and an undocumented immigrant in possession of a gun and ammunition. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Aug. 2021 Last year Illinois State Police received 4,474 applications for permits to legally possess a gun and ammunition from Naperville residents. Suzanne Baker,, 9 July 2021 The 10 men, ranging in age from 21 to 40, each have pleaded not guilty to one criminal conspiracy count and numerous gun and ammunition charges., 8 July 2021 Police will also give participants who provide a gun or ammunition at the program a $100 gift card at the event. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 Specifically, the Wisconsin legislation would prohibit the enforcement of laws that restrict gun or ammunition sales or require the seizure of weapons. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2021 The gun and ammunition companies are advertising for manufacturing positions ranging from assembly to machining to engineering and management. Aaron Smith, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The side-by-side mix of liberal enclaves and frontier communities that fervently oppose any move to limit gun and ammunition ownership has become a common feature of the American West. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021

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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 2021

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“Ammunition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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