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

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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 Countless dollars were spent to construct that rocket and the huge steel armature that cradled it. Rachel Slade,, "50 years ago, we walked on the moon but we’re still not sure why," 28 June 2019 The stripes are iron bars from the Statue of Liberty’s original armature created by Gustave Eiffel. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg Talks Bringing the New Statue of Liberty Museum to Life," 13 May 2019 The crisscrossing bands are not attached to some underlying armature, but the structure itself poured from self-consolidating concrete that makes for a smooth, unblemished surface. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 2018 For Friday’s class, Sifton created a series of wire armatures, metal frameworks around which sculptors could add styling clay in various poses. Sara Cardine,, "Bond between horses, humans celebrated at Chilao School’s annual ‘Models in the Mountains’," 20 June 2018 Denise Fasanello, a New York florist, interprets topiary even more loosely, winding button ferns or creeping fig around a round, metal armature to create a leafy, obstreperous ball. Cynthia Kling, WSJ, "Laid-Back Topiary for Your Winter Windowsill," 12 Oct. 2018 Vining plants like ivies and some ferns, which don’t feature a woody stalk, can be wound up a support and then trained in a round wire plant armature, available at any craft store. Cynthia Kling, WSJ, "Laid-Back Topiary for Your Winter Windowsill," 12 Oct. 2018 The art lies not only in the fresh efficacy of idea and utterance, but in the story’s armature, its determining designs. William Giraldi, The Seattle Times, "Glen David Gold’s new memoir is ‘a soiree of heart-wreck wised up by humor’," 9 July 2018

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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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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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