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
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 Assad deployed these ghastly armaments against civilians in a suburb of Damascus in 2013, however, the punitive measures never materialized. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 Upon the call to duty, the members of the inactive militia would muster and bring all their firearms and ammunition to the muster point, providing their armament for supplementary use by the active militia. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Establish a ‘well-regulated militia’ in every city, county," 11 Aug. 2019 Tuesday's contract by Estonia's state defense investment agency and the pan-European armaments and missile manufacturer also includes training missiles, simulators, testing and maintenance equipment for delivery starting in 2020. Fox News, "Estonia to buy missiles, air defense system in EUR50M deal," 12 June 2018 The first Committee was established in the 1950s to support the Truman administration’s Cold War re-armament policies. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Don’t Dismiss Communist China’s Critics," 23 July 2019 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

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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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