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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Synonyms for armory


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

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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 One of the more obvious weapons in the Gunners' armory, Nelson enjoyed a fruitful season-long loan at Hoffenheim and earned himself a place in the England Under-21 side at this summer's European Championships., "Arsenal: 6 of the Gunners' Best Youngsters Who Deserve a Shot at the First Team in 2019/20," 16 July 2019 If the two-spot octopus attains model-species status, Ragsdale and others will have a larger armory of molecular tools to tackle these questions. Quanta Magazine, "Biologists Search for New Model Organisms," 26 July 2016 Upon arrival, visitors pick from a small armory of blunt weapons — sledgehammers, shovels, crowbars, a surprisingly sturdy furniture leg — to demolish the inventory of beer bottles, old TVs and tables. Phillip Valys,, "Breaking news (literally): I smashed a toaster at Wreck It Ft Laudy and it felt so good | SummerTimeOut," 3 July 2019 About 50 raids on homes, offices and armories were also carried out nationwide and 17 people have been detained in an operation aided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Washington Post, "Argentina announces large seizure of weapons," 28 June 2019 People were escorted individually through the armory with a police officer and a Red Cross volunteer to view bodies on cots covered with blankets. Steven Goode,, "Judge delays ruling in efforts to identify unknown victims of 1944 Hartford Circus Fire," 17 June 2019 The police officer in charge of the armory has been replaced, but no arrests have been made, BBC News reported. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Thieves steal Paraguay police rifles, replace them with toy replicas," 27 Aug. 2018

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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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