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 The cruising speed, maximum speed, ceiling, range, placement of armament and number of guns, and bomb load, are still military secrets. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the B-29!," 15 June 2020 In the early 1940s, the government took aggressive action to mobilize private industry to produce aircraft, armaments, rubber, and all sorts of other supplies needed to fight the war. Timothy Massad, Fortune, "Coronavirus pandemic: Let’s remember what we learned in WWII, as well as in 2008," 13 Mar. 2020 Sadly, wars often provide a boost to the economy through rising orders for armaments, for example. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How should you respond financially when turmoil makes headlines — by selling or yawning?," 8 Jan. 2020 Women were called to factories, armaments and shipyards to replace the men who joined the military during WWII. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A test dummy that looks like Rosie the Riveter will be the first to fly on Boeing's Starliner," 17 Dec. 2019 Experts say Iran’s involvement may now include training and armaments, but on a scale much smaller than Iran’s involvement in Syria or Iraq. Washington Post, "Yemen’s Civil War Is Spilling Deeper Into the Gulf Region," 21 May 2019 As the country’s undeclared war with Russia drags on, Ukraine is using that expertise to build up its armaments. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Did Ukraine Really Create a Missile That Can’t Be Shot Down?," 13 Nov. 2019 Songar appears to carry a modified assault rifle as armament, with a heavy barrel to prevent overheating during sustained firing. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Turkey’s New Drone Comes With a Machine Gun," 13 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of armament

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for armament

probably borrowed from French armement "action of arming, equipping of an armed force" (from armer "to arm entry 2" + -ment -ment), reshaped after Latin armāmenta (neuter plural) "sailing gear of a ship, equipment, implements," from armāre "to arm entry 2, equip" + -menta, plural of -mentum -ment

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“Armament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 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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