ar·​ma·​ture ˈär-mə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce armature (audio)
: an organ or structure (such as teeth or thorns) for offense or defense
: a piece of soft iron or steel that connects the poles of a magnet or of adjacent magnets
: 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
: the movable part of an electromagnetic device (such as a loudspeaker)
: a framework used by a sculptor to support a figure being modeled in a plastic material
: framework sense 1a
events that serve as the armature of the book

Examples of armature in a Sentence

the rigid armature of a highly stratified society
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Word History


Middle English, "armor, armed force," borrowed from Latin armātūra "armament, troop" (Medieval Latin, "suit of armor, defensive equipment of an animal"), from armātus, past participle of armāre "to arm entry 2, equip" + -ūra -ure

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of armature was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Armature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ar·​ma·​ture ˈär-mə-chər How to pronounce armature (audio)
: a covering or structure (as the spines of a cactus) used for protection or defense
: the part of an electric generator that consists of coils of wire around an iron core and that induces an electric current when it is rotated in a magnetic field
: the part of an electric motor that consists of coils of wire around an iron core and that is caused to rotate in a magnetic field when an electric current is passed through the coils
: the movable part of an electromagnetic device (as a loudspeaker)

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