arsenal

noun
ar·​se·​nal | \ ˈärs-nəl , ˈär-sə-\

Definition of arsenal

1a : an establishment for the manufacture or storage of arms and military equipment The city is home to a federal arsenal.
b : a collection of weapons
2 : store, repertoire the team's arsenal of veteran players

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Synonyms for arsenal

Synonyms

armory, depot, dump, magazine

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Examples of arsenal in a Sentence

The city is home to a federal arsenal. Doctors have a broad arsenal of medicines to choose from. the team's arsenal of veteran players
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What China is not doing is significantly expanding its nuclear arsenal. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Does America Still Need the Nuclear Triad?," 23 Jan. 2019 If a gun owner were reluctant to give up his arsenal, his family would typically have to take him to court to evaluate competency. NBC News, "Unlocked And loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 26 June 2018 Trump said sanctions would stay, at least until the isolated nation moved to give up its nuclear arsenal. Andy Sharp, Bloomberg.com, "North Korea Says Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions After Meeting," 13 June 2018 North Korea had earlier criticized U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, who had called for North Korea to quickly give up its nuclear arsenal in a deal that would mirror Libya's abandonment of its program for weapons of mass destruction. Robert Birsel, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, Kim launch historic Singapore summit with a handshake," 12 June 2018 Trump has already said a one-day meeting is unlikely to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal. latimes.com, "Today: The Road to Singapore," 11 June 2018 That summit has been looking a lot less certain, as Trump appeared to suddenly catch up to widespread skepticism over how willing Kim will be to give up his nuclear arsenal. James Griffiths, CNN, "Moon heads to US amid fears for Trump-Kim summit," 21 May 2018 The remarks come ahead of a historic summit between Trump and Kim in Singapore on June 12 that may pave the way for the North Korean dictator to give up his nuclear arsenal. Fortune, "Mike Pompeo: U.S. Can Send 'Capital' to North Korea After Denuclearization," 13 May 2018 As Dreazen recounts, the US would likely have to send in around 200,000 troops to destroy Kim’s nuclear arsenal. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of arsenal

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arsenal

Italian arsenale, ultimately from Arabic dār ṣināʽa house of manufacture

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arsenal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of arsenal

: a collection of weapons
: a place where weapons are made or stored
: a group of things or people that are available to be used

arsenal

noun
ar·​se·​nal | \ ˈärs-nəl , ˈär-sə-\

Kids Definition of arsenal

: a place where military equipment is made and stored

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