ar·​mory | \ ˈärm-rē How to pronounce armory (audio) , ˈär-mə-\
plural armories

Definition of armory

1a : a supply of arms for defense or attack
b : a collection of available resources
2 : a place where arms and military equipment are stored especially : one used for training reserve military personnel
3 : a place where arms are manufactured

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An armory has traditionally been a military storage compound where machine guns, rifles, pistols, ammunition, parts, and accessories are kept. In the U.S., National Guard and Reserve units often use armories as training headquarters in peacetime. Ever since George Washington established the country's first armory in Springfield in 1777, arsenals and armories of the Army Ordnance Corps have had a remarkable history of arms manufacture.

Examples of armory in a Sentence

the site of a 19th-century armory the soldier was sent to the armory to get a replacement weapon for the one that had been stolen
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 8,000 troops across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and nearly 400 North Carolina National Guard soldiers are also positioned in armories across the state. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tornadoes hit Carolinas as Hurricane Dorian floods Charleston; 200K without power," 5 Sep. 2019 His reemergence, particularly during the second-half of last season as a line breaking runner deep, was a real shock weapon in Liverpool's armory., "Jordan Henderson: An Ode to One of Football's Great Survivors," 5 Sep. 2019 Established in 1777 as the main supplier of weaponry for the Continental Army, the armory evolved into the principal locus of mechanical innovation in the United States. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Plot (Part 2)," 15 Aug. 2019 The governor had declared a state of emergency, and vehicles came from everywhere to help transport victims, and the state armory was turned into a temporary morgue. Dave Altimari,, "In the chaos of the Hartford circus fire, a 6-year-old boy disappeared; now, 75 years later, his family wants to find out what happened to him," 7 July 2019 Our cottage’s private hot tub occupied a room at the base of the tower that once held the armory. Sharon Boorstin,, "Staying in a water tower in Mendocino is a natural high," 30 June 2019 The Armory has raised $166 million to transform itself from, well, an armory into a cultural venue, with financing from a mix of public and private sources. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The Park Avenue Armory Offers a Canvas for Larger-Than-Life Productions," 16 July 2018 The Indiana National Guard eventually built a new armory on the site of Tyndall Towne. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Tyndall Towne provided emergency housing for GIs returning from WWII," 26 July 2019 Johnson would in effect be challenging the House of Commons to initiate the only other option in the parliamentary armory -- to collapse his government. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Britain's new Prime Minister will have only 30 days to get Brexit done," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of armory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of armory

: a supply of weapons
: a place where weapons are kept especially, US : a place where weapons are kept and where soldiers are trained
: a place where weapons are made


ar·​mory | \ ˈär-mə-rē How to pronounce armory (audio) \
plural armories

Kids Definition of armory

1 : a supply of weapons
2 : a place where weapons are kept and where soldiers are often trained
3 : a place where weapons are made

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