ar·​ma·​ment | \ˈär-mə-mənt also ˈärm-mənt \

Definition of armament 

1 : a military or naval force

2a : the aggregate of a nation's military strength

b : weapons, arms

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

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His discovery and translation of papers containing details of Japan’s armaments industry, and the empire’s struggle to build more weapons, proved crucial to America’s war strategy. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Kazuo Yamane’s WWII story shows the lengths to which some must go to prove their loyalty to America," 11 Nov. 2018 Parts of the system will be made in Poland, a boost for the country’s armaments industry. Washington Post, "Poland signs nearly $5 billion deal to buy US missile system," 28 Mar. 2018 The Dahomey kingdom in the Republic of Benin, meanwhile, introduced status in a different way, including representations of such coveted objects as automobiles and armaments in their early 20th century silver jewels. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A History of Jewelry Debuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Latest Exhibition, The Body Transformed," 8 Nov. 2018 The McDonnell-Douglas aircraft are single-seat tactical fighters, with armament that includes sidewinder missiles and a six-barrel cannon. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "NORAD: Fighter jets were trying to direct stolen plane over Pacific Ocean when it crashed," 11 Aug. 2018 Does that help the United States military that are buying new tanks and buying new aircrafts and other armaments and right down through the economic system? Fox News, "Fair trade vs. free trade: which is better for the US?," 25 June 2018 When the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, some of its nuclear weaponry was left in former republics Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and all three -- eventually -- arranged for the armaments to be eliminated or transferred to Russia. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump, Kim Planning One-on-One Talk at Start of Summit," 10 June 2018 The Flicks’ wealth traces its roots to Friedrich Flick, who spent three years in prison after he was convicted by the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal of using slave labor to produce armaments for the Nazis, among other crimes. Bloomberg, Time, "The Nazi Shadow Behind the World's Youngest Billionaires," 7 May 2018 Another variation is spicy, the broth turned incarnadine from hot sauce, which proves to be more accent mark than armament, contouring the mouth instead of searing it. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Ho Foods, a Noodle Soup That Nourishes and Transports," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of armament

: the process of preparing for war by producing and obtaining weapons

armaments : military weapons that are used to fight a war


ar·​ma·​ment | \ˈär-mə-mənt \

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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