armory

noun
ar·​mory | \ ˈärm-rē , 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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Synonyms for armory

Synonyms

arsenal, depot, dump, magazine

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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

The plane’s versatility combined with Fortnite’s already expansive armory means there are a wealth of killing possibilities, many of which the developers may have never imagined. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite adds planes and now people are playing it like Battlefield," 6 Dec. 2018 Last May, Trump also expressed a desire to sell $110 billion worth of weapons and armory to the Saudis. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: The world is a very dangerous place!," 21 Nov. 2018 Installations like Camp Pendleton continue to require personnel to register and surrender guns to military police or armories for storage. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Marine faces gun, theft, tattoo charges, plus disrespect of a sergeant major," 10 Mar. 2018 January 20 to 29, 2012 Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY Antiques at the Armory Not to be confused with the Winter Antiques Show, Antiques at the Armory takes place at a different armory, the 69th Regiment on Lexington Avenue. Laura Fenton, ELLE Decor, "State of the Art Fairs," 18 Jan. 2012 The Castle was built as an armory for the Massachusetts First Corps of Cadets, initially a Colonial militia unit. Zipporah Osei, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s castle enters next phase of its long run," 8 May 2018 ABC Digital reported the rifles had been placed in the armory storage as the police force was replacing them for newer models. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Thieves steal Paraguay police rifles, replace them with toy replicas," 27 Aug. 2018 Paraguayan authorities then ordered an inventory of their armory. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Thieves Replaced Paraguay Police Rifles With Toy Fakes," 27 Aug. 2018 The Edgewater Community Council under Volini pushed for the building on Broadway and Thorndale, then a state armory used by the National Guard, to become an indoor recreation center. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Former Chicago Ald. Marion Volini, who pushed for Edgewater designation, dies at age 83," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of armory

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

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armory

noun

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

armory

noun
ar·​mory | \ ˈär-mə-rē \
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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