armor

noun
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

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Other Words from armor

armor transitive verb
armorless \ -​mər-​ləs How to pronounce armorless (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
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Starting May 9, those who’ve finished the main story will be able to access new contracts and a Geralt of Rivia armor set. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Yakuza Kiwami 2 confirmed for PC next month, H1Z1's new developers call it quits," 12 Apr. 2019 Getty Images The typical look that Game of Thrones fans are used to seeing from Gwendoline Christie involves a full body of armor, a deadly sword and a face full of furious rage. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Star Gwendoline Christie Just Walked the Miu Miu Runway in Shanghai," 23 Nov. 2018 The Button-Up Shirt The trusty base layer of today’s cubicle armor, often in safe shades of blue, white and pink. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform," 24 July 2018 Experts everywhere, actually, have been mystified by this stone armor for some 40 years. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "This wonder of the world is now in Cincinnati," 20 Apr. 2018 Louisiana law currently prohibits the wearing or possession of body armor on school property or at school functions. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Man and woman robbed at gunpoint in the Marigny: NOPD," 10 Apr. 2018 The Mongols are not mentioned in the book, but their tactics inform the concept of powered armor, which the world of anime has taken to itself with such energy. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers," 9 Dec. 2018 There’s Putin clad in medieval armor, a Russian flag in his hand, while riding a bear. Marc Bennetts, Newsweek, "Super Putin: Do Russians Really Love Their President?," 7 Feb. 2018 The franchise, just 20 years old at the time, needed a knight in shining armor to save it – just as the Mariners had a few years earlier. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Paul Allen was a knight in shining armor for the Seahawks and Seattle," 15 Oct. 2018

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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, from Anglo-French, from Latin armatura — more at armature

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armor-bearer

armor-clad

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armor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of armor

: special clothing that people wear to protect their bodies from weapons
: a hard covering that protects something (such as a vehicle or an animal)
: soldiers and vehicles (such as tanks) that are protected with armor

armor

noun
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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