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 coronavirus outbreak has also led to limits on the supply of ammunition. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Student rallies, high school pay-per-view, $500 tips: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2020 Grove Hill home turned up 10 additional weapons and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘He’s not a monster’: Family of accused Bass Pro Shops shooter stunned by attack," 9 Sep. 2020 An unloaded 9mm handgun and a magazine with 15 rounds of ammunition was in the vehicle. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 9 Sep. 2020 The police report says two boxes of ammunition and a Glock handgun were seized. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Suspect charged in shooting at Union Station," 1 Sep. 2020 Plus, a new partnership with Lapua, the German ammo-maker, includes a 100-meter test tunnel to match test lots of .22LR ammunition. Field & Stream, "The 10 Most Unique Shooting Ranges in America," 28 Aug. 2020 Glock automatic, a ninja sword and a combat knife, plus more than 100 pounds of ammunition. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'American Madness' details how conspiracy theories took over one troubled man's life," 26 Aug. 2020 One gun contained 13 rounds of ammunition and the other contained eight rounds, TSA said in a release Monday. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "TSA officials find 2 loaded guns in carry-on bags at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport," 25 Aug. 2020 Any special treatment players receive—removing them from conventional college housing, giving them special clearance to do classes online, restricting their access to bars and parties—is potential ammunition in court. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "College Football’s Great Unraveling," 14 Aug. 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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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ammunition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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