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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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 Again, the brief search for armaments came up empty. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Teen accomplice details how Victoria mosque went up in flames," 12 July 2018 For all its global systems of armament, communication and information-gathering without precedent or peer, the U.S. has fallen short of victory in its recent wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Konstantin Kakaes, WSJ, "‘Army of None’ Review: Robots at the Front," 26 June 2018 If armaments were found, the sub crew could sink the ship, after allowing its merchant crew to board lifeboats. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian, "The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29," 19 Apr. 2018 The Conference is a multinational body based in Geneva that was established in 1979 to promote reductions in armaments, especially weapons of mass destruction. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Assad’s Disarmament Chair," 29 May 2018 Designed to protect Russian military personnel, the tank and its armaments are operated by a commander located up to 1.8 miles from the vehicle. James Rogers, Fox News, "Russia set to showcase new robo-tank at Moscow Victory Day parade," 8 May 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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