arms race


Definition of arms race

: a race between hostile nations to accumulate or develop weapons broadly : an ever escalating race or competition

Examples of arms race in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some in the tech community fear the militarization of their innovations, Luckey has embraced it and says the United States must beat competitors in a burgeoning tech arms race. Skyler Swisher,, "Matt Gaetz, his fiancee, drones and national security: Embattled congressman is engaged to sister of pro-Trump tech mogul," 2 Apr. 2021 The migration of listeners to on-demand audio has sparked an arms race among major media and tech players, including Spotify Technology SA, iHeartMedia Inc., Inc. and Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Entercom Acquires Podcast Ad Network Podcorn," 9 Mar. 2021 Now, as China and Russia fund development of advanced fighters like the Chengdu J-20 and Sukhoi Su-57, the U.S. again finds itself in a fighter jet arms race. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Skunk Works Reveals Its Secret 'Speed Racer' Aircraft," 2 Mar. 2021 Sargasyan had acquired Iskander-E missiles in 2015 as part of Armenia’s arms race with Azerbaijan. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, "Moscow Assures World Its Iskander Missile Can Precisely Hit A Hospital," 1 Mar. 2021 The 1987 accord was a historic attempt to begin to reverse the nuclear arms race. Time, "George P. Shultz, Reagan's Longtime Secretary of State, Dies at 100," 7 Feb. 2021 In the decade that followed, an arms race was born. New York Times, "How the United States Lost to Hackers," 4 Feb. 2021 With several television and streaming platforms emerging or looking to keep pace in a sudden arms race defined by subscribers and ad revenue, MLW finds itself in an advantageous position. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, "MLW’s Court Bauer Talks ‘Imminent’ Deal With Linear Or Streaming Platform," 24 Feb. 2021 Instead, a full-on arms race broke out, slowly, and then seemingly all at once. New York Times, "High School Grades Could Be Worth $100,000. Time to Tell Your Child?," 23 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of arms race

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arms race was in 1921

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7 Apr 2021

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“Arms race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of arms race

: a situation in which countries that are enemies each try to build or collect weapons faster than the other can

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