arsenal

noun
ar·​se·​nal | \ ˈärs-nəl How to pronounce arsenal (audio) , 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web China is estimated to have roughly 300 nuclear warheads but is believed to be on a path to at least double, perhaps more than triple, the size of its strategic arsenal over the next decade. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump wants to replace New START with a treaty that includes China," 25 June 2020 In the past year, China has increased its nuclear arsenal from 290 to 320 warheads, and India from 130-140 to 150 warheads, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI. NBC News, "Nuclear powers, a disputed border and an uneasy truce: Explaining the India-China conflict," 20 June 2020 Trump used his familiar arsenal to mount his defense. Philip Rucker, BostonGlobe.com, "Bolton book and Supreme Court ruling on ‘dreamers’ amount to twin defeats to Trump," 18 June 2020 Meanwhile, China has created a formidable offensive cyberwarfare program, built a blue-water navy for the first time in 500 years, increased its arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and more. John Bolton, WSJ, "John Bolton: The Scandal of Trump’s China Policy," 17 June 2020 The October 2017 report by the CIA's WikiLeaks Task Force, several pages of which were missing or redacted, portrays an agency more concerned with bulking up its cyber arsenal than keeping those tools secure. Author: Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Elite CIA unit that developed hacking tools failed to secure its own systems," 16 June 2020 Some outside experts have said these moves undermined South Korea’s security more as the North’s nuclear weapons arsenal remain intact. Fox News, "North Korea: Redeploying troops, resuming military exercises at inter-Korean cooperation sites," 17 June 2020 Some outside experts have said these moves undermined South Korea’s security more as the North’s nuclear weapons arsenal remain intact. Time, "After Blowing Up a Liaison Office, North Korea's Military Says It Will Enter More Sites Symbolizing Inter-Korean Cooperation," 17 June 2020 Some outside experts have said these moves undermined South Korea’s security more as the North’s nuclear weapons arsenal remain intact. Washington Post, "N Korea’s military to reenter inter-Korea cooperation sites," 17 June 2020

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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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The first known use of arsenal was in 1555

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2 Jul 2020

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“Arsenal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arsenal. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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arsenal

noun
How to pronounce arsenal (audio)

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 How to pronounce arsenal (audio) , ˈär-sə- \

Kids Definition of arsenal

: a place where military equipment is made and stored

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