armor

noun
ar·​mor | \ ˈär-mər \

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 \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

And, by the absence of powered armor, makes the movie version of Starship Troopers a particularly pointless shooting gallery sort of exercise. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers," 9 Dec. 2018 In the end, my chaotic neutral Elf with the incomplete chain mail armor lost, badly. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged," 8 Dec. 2018 One fan rode in on a golf cart wearing a full set of medieval armor, his face painted like one of the members of the rock band Kiss and his long black hair flowing. Kristen Bateman, The Cut, "Vetements Showed Shirts Printed With a Russian Insult," 2 July 2018 Along the way, players can also buy a huge variety of items to outfit their characters in weapons, armor, and bonuses. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged," 8 Dec. 2018 Irons and his uncle (Richard Roundtree) develop armor and weaponry to fight crime. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 Metal in a shield, armor or costume is allowed, but will slow down the screening process. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Phoenix Comic Fest guide: Here's how to navigate the event like a superhero," 16 May 2018 Video footage showed Kosovo police in black uniforms with machine guns and body armor leading a handcuffed man from inside a building toward an armored car. BostonGlobe.com, "Kosovo police arrest Serb official, fire tear gas," 27 Mar. 2018 Pieces in the exhibit range from an arrow from Custer's last stand to a 19th-century Chinese crossbow to samurai armor and more. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to do in Milwaukee this weekend: Oct. 6-8," 5 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of armor was in the 14th century

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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 \

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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