ar·​ma·​ture | \ ˈär-mə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce armature (audio) , -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of armature

1 : an organ or structure (such as teeth or thorns) for offense or defense
2a : a piece of soft iron or steel that connects the poles of a magnet or of adjacent magnets
b : a usually rotating part of an electric machine (such as a generator or motor) which consists essentially of coils of wire around a metal core and in which electric current is induced or in which the input current interacts with a magnetic field to produce torque
c : the movable part of an electromagnetic device (such as a loudspeaker)
d : a framework used by a sculptor to support a figure being modeled in a plastic material
e : framework sense 1a events that serve as the armature of the book

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Examples of armature in a Sentence

the rigid armature of a highly stratified society
Recent Examples on the Web Then the sculptors would sculpt directly over the armature. Los Angeles Times, "Movie props have ‘undeniable charm.’ A new Disney+ series spotlights the fading art," 6 May 2020 Though solid and fixed by an invisible, internal armature, the sculpture seemed not just ready to topple but caught in the act of toppling. Merrell Hambleton, New York Times, "Arlene Shechet Creates Beauty Out of Chaos," 27 Feb. 2020 Eventually Hopper’s quest sweeps up her ex-husband in its tentacles, and the resurgence of their original attraction to each other forms a vivid emotional armature to the dangerous investigation. Washington Post, "There’s no shortage of novels about what happens when the Earth stops spinning. ‘The Last Day’ may set a new standard.," 10 Feb. 2020 These objects, as well as others made from new denim, moving blankets and photographs printed on fabric, are draped on metal and wood armatures. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Theaster Gates, preaching at the altar of consumerism," 14 Oct. 2019 They are draped over a rectangular steel armature like so many horse blankets, suggesting protection from dirty or dangerous labor. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Theaster Gates, preaching at the altar of consumerism," 14 Oct. 2019 The bones are tied together via a metal armature, painted black to disappear into the background. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Here’s the story behind the 30-foot-tall chicken currently living at Denver Public Library," 4 Oct. 2019 Stereotypes of the anti-human are the armature of extremism. John-paul Pagano, National Review, "Blood Libel: The Conspiracy Theory That Jews Are ‘Anti-Human’," 23 Sep. 2019 The figures, even in armature form, seemed to interact with him and appreciate his perfectionism.’’ Neil Carl Estern was born in Brooklyn on April 18, 1926, to parents of Russian Jewish ancestry. Emily Langer,, "Neil Estern, 93, sculptor who depicted strength yet fragility of FDR," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of armature

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for armature

Middle English, armor, from Latin armatura armor, equipment, from armatus

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The first known use of armature was in 1653

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“Armature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of armature

: the part of an electric motor or generator that produces an electric current when it turns in a magnetic field
: a frame used by a sculptor to support a figure that is being modeled


ar·​ma·​ture | \ ˈär-mə-chər How to pronounce armature (audio) \

Kids Definition of armature

: the part of an electric motor or generator that turns in a magnetic field

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