ar·​ma·​ment | \ ˈär-mə-mənt How to pronounce armament (audio) also ˈärm-mənt \

Definition of armament

1 : a military or naval force
2a : the aggregate of a nation's military strength
3 : the process of preparing for war

Examples of armament in a Sentence

The country's armament will take years. a small nation that is determined to have adequate armaments
Recent Examples on the Web Wilson blamed secret alliances between nations as the cause of the war, and thought that to maintain a lasting peace, all nations should commit to fewer armaments, reduce trade barriers, and ensure national self-determination. National Geographic, "Why the League of Nations was doomed before it began," 9 Jan. 2020 Valuable labor is killed and maimed and resources that could go into productive public or private investment or simple day-to-day household consumption are wasted on armies and armaments. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Myths of war fog its economic costs," 29 Dec. 2019 Max Trudolyubov, a newspaper columnist and political analyst, called the speech a modern version of the Czar Cannon, a giant 16th-century piece of armament that sits on the Kremlin grounds and that legend holds never really worked. Neil Macfarquhar And David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Putin’s ‘Invincible’ Missile Is Aimed at U.S. Vulnerabilities," 1 Mar. 2018 Its vast array of devices fitted with intelligent cameras are appended to guns, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), tanks and other armaments used by the military for reconnaissance in modern battles as well as for commercial applications. Nikhil Inamdar, Quartz India, "An Indian startup’s “sharp-eye” technology can prevent Uri-like militant attacks," 15 Jan. 2020 Well, the job isn't done quite yet, as Doom Eternal sees the return of the Doom Marine, legions of demonic forces, and enough armaments to burn the legions of hell to the ground. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020," 11 Jan. 2020 The rebellion’s first target was a coastal fort, where Tacky’s forces shot a sentinel and seized a store of armaments. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 6 Jan. 2020 This technology allows one to make very small, light stone weapons and represents a breakthrough in the lethality of armaments. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, "When the Sea Saved Humanity," 1 Nov. 2012 The armaments on display Tuesday make that a credible boast. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "China’s High-Tech Progress Isn’t All Peaceful—Data Sheet," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of armament

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for armament

French armement, from Latin armamenta (plural) utensils, military or naval equipment, from armare

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14 Feb 2020

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“Armament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of armament

: the process of preparing for war by producing and obtaining weapons
: military weapons that are used to fight a war


ar·​ma·​ment | \ ˈär-mə-mənt How to pronounce armament (audio) \

Kids Definition of armament

1 : the military strength and equipment of a nation
2 : the supply of materials for war
3 : the process of preparing for war the country's long armament

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