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

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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Amid rising geopolitical tensions, America is pouring money into high-tech armaments. The Economist, "The UTC-Raytheon deal highlights the changing nature of war," 14 June 2019 For many decades now, the Pentagon has effectively been operating an industrial policy through its vast outlays on armaments and its substantial research budget. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Elizabeth Warren’s Theory of the Case," 10 June 2019 Rockets and other armament are controlled with digital computers., "Monroe: Sailors hit Willamette River to battle sturgeon with Fleet Week in full swing," 8 June 2019 The strongman plunked down a deposit for Russia’s advanced S-400 air-defense system in December 2017—months after Congress passed a law that triggers painful U.S. sanctions on governments that purchase Russian armaments. Eric Edelman And, WSJ, "Trump Can’t Afford to Go Soft on Turkey," 15 May 2019 Short-range missile armament includes pre-revolution AIM-9J Sidewinders and Chinese air-to-air missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran’s Aging American-Made Jets Could Fly Through the 2040s," 11 Feb. 2019 All three of the vehicles the Jaguar replaces are more than thirty years old with obsolete armament. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "France’s New Armored Car Does Not Mess Around," 17 May 2018 After five years of war, including German attacks on Sheffield’s steel and armaments plants, the boys were accustomed to hearing planes. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids," 19 Feb. 2019 There are several types of Luyang class destroyers but the ship in the photos appears to be a Type 052C or Type 052D destroyer, which is roughly similar in mission and armament to but smaller than the Decatur. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. and Chinese Destroyers Involved in 'Unsafe' Encounter at Sea," 2 Oct. 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
: 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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