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 \ ˈär-​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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Plus, even in full armor, girls had a certain look. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "See the cover of Helen Hoang's third romance novel, The Heart Principle," 12 Sep. 2019 The imbalance of power between Apple and the apps on its platform could turn into a rare chink in the company’s armor as regulators and lawmakers put the dominance of big technology companies under an antitrust microscope. Reed Albergotti, oregonlive, "How Apple uses its App Store to copy the best ideas," 6 Sep. 2019 The imbalance of power between Apple and the apps on its platform could turn into a rare chink in the company's armor as regulators and lawmakers put the dominance of big technology companies under an antitrust microscope. Reed Albergotti, Anchorage Daily News, "How Apple uses its App Store to copy the best ideas of others," 5 Sep. 2019 Speaking of Netflix, the company’s stock and perceived leadership status in the streaming market have been suffering since its second quarter financial results showed a few cracks in the armor. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Your Favorite Shows Aren’t on Netflix Anymore—Data Sheet," 12 Aug. 2019 Officers in rifle-resistant body armor and helmets went to the apartment building, where the suspect was holding a child as a shield and firing at officers, Kraus said. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Suspect in 'active shooter situation' dead after firing at Fort Worth officers, police say," 18 July 2019 That’s because the tough tiny fighters are covered in super-strong armor down their backs. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019 Turtles have built-in armor in the form of their iconic shells, and slugs produce an unappetizing mucus that no one is eager to gulp down for dinner. Hannah Lang, National Geographic, "World's slowest animals prove speed isn't everything," 25 Mar. 2019 But the Dutch show that [for them], safety in infrastructure, safety in slowing cars, and safety in numbers are all far more important than safety in body armor. David Roberts, Vox, "No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture," 28 Aug. 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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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 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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