armor

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noun ar·mor \ˈär-mər\

Definition of armor

  1. 1 :  defensive covering for the body; especially :  covering (as of metal) used in combat

  2. 2 :  a quality or circumstance that affords protection the armor of prosperity

  3. 3 :  a protective outer layer (as of a ship, a plant or animal, or a cable)

  4. 4 :  armored forces and vehicles (such as tanks)

armor

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armorless

play \-mər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of armor in a Sentence

  1. The officers are required to wear bulletproof body armor.

  2. The shots penetrated the tank's armor.

  3. The armadillo's armor consists of a series of small, bony plates.

  4. a weapon designed for use against enemy armor

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Origin and Etymology of armor

Middle English armure, from Anglo-French, from Latin armatura — more at armature



ARMOR Defined for English Language Learners

armor

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noun

Definition of armor for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

armor

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noun ar·mor \ˈär-mər\

Definition of armor for Students

  1. 1 :  a covering (as of metal) to protect the body in battle

  2. 2 :  a hard covering that provides protection A turtle's shell is its armor.

  3. 3 :  armored forces and vehicles (as tanks)



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