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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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 Iran is slowly turning Syria into another Lebanon, a forward base for its Shiite militias and armaments with which to attack Israel when the opportunity presents itself. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pompeo’s Words, Trump’s Withdrawal," 11 Jan. 2019 Know Your Weapons Although Jackson doesn’t dwell on technical specifications, there’s enough coverage of World War I armaments to keep gear enthusiasts riveted. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Still, this level of armament would enable the F-15 to act as a missile carrier for stealth fighters such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, carrying many more missiles than either newer jet could. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What We Know About the F-15X Super Eagle," 26 July 2018 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

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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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