ar·​mor | \ ˈär-mər How to pronounce armor (audio) \

Definition of armor

1 : defensive covering for the body especially : covering (as of metal) used in combat
2 : a quality or circumstance that affords protection the armor of prosperity
3 : a protective outer layer (as of a ship, a plant or animal, or a cable)
4 : armored forces and vehicles (such as tanks)

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armor 1: 1 helmet, 2 gorget, 3 shoulder piece, 4 pallette, 5 breastplate, 6 brassard, 7 elbow piece, 8 skirt of tasses, 9 tuille, 10 gauntlet, 11 cuisse, 12 knee piece, 13 jambeau, 14 solleret

Other Words from armor

armor transitive verb
armorless \ ˈär-​mər-​ləs How to pronounce armor (audio) \ adjective

Examples of armor in a Sentence

The officers are required to wear bulletproof body armor. The shots penetrated the tank's armor. The armadillo's armor consists of a series of small, bony plates. a weapon designed for use against enemy armor
Recent Examples on the Web Risking their own lives, these volunteers ferried body armor, medical supplies, scopes, night-vision goggles and other essentials to the front lines at the time. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 9 May 2022 Zinkevych sent Anastasia to an annex of the monastery where she was issued a combat uniform, body armor, gloves, long underwear, thermal socks, a headlamp, a pocketknife, and a sleeping bag. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Russian tanks tend to be lighter and simpler, and have thinner, less-advanced armor than Western tanks. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 That includes body armor, night vision goggles and drones. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Artillery, armor, and air support all appear to be out of sync. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the shipments included Javelin anti-tank weapons, Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, body armor, medical supplies and other material. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 Cosme says body armor, including helmets, vests and goggles, are being donated. David Spunt, Fox News, 30 Mar. 2022 Others would ship massive amounts of U.S. military equipment, such as armor and artillery, not just short-range defense systems, in a 21st-century Lend-Lease program. John Yoo, National Review, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of armor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for armor

Middle English armure, armoure "arms, body armor," borrowed from Anglo-French & continental Old French, going back to Latin armātūra "armament, troop" (Medieval Latin, "suit of armor") — more at armature

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16 May 2022

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“Armor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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ar·​mor | \ ˈär-mər How to pronounce armor (audio) \

Kids Definition of armor

1 : a covering (as of metal) to protect the body in battle
2 : a hard covering that provides protection A turtle's shell is its armor.
3 : armored forces and vehicles (as tanks)

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