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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Synonyms for arsenal


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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North Korea remains a long, long way from relinquishing its nuclear arsenal, and the U.S. has been adding to, not easing, sanctions. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN," 22 Sep. 2018 The president would surely like Pyongyang to forfeit its nuclear arsenal, all things being equal. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Ends NATO Summit by Announcing a Diplomatic Breakthrough That Did Not Happen," 12 July 2018 All that said, perhaps the most powerful tool Mariash has in her arsenal for G2G is her unrelenting passion for the sport. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Pro Ultrarunner Jax Mariash Explains What It’s Like to Train for the 170-Mile Grand 2 Grand Ultra," 20 Sep. 2018 The city would try to impose regulations on the ride-hail companies and Uber and Lyft would fight back using the most powerful tools in their arsenal: Their customers. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber and Lyft are fighting a critical battle against New York City — and this time, they might not win," 2 Aug. 2018 Since the June 12 meeting, North Korea has yet to give any indication that is taking concrete action to dismantle its nuclear arsenal. Laignee Barron, Time, "South Korea's Moon Jae-in Calls on Washington and Pyongyang to Step Up Denuclearization Efforts," 13 July 2018 These are the kinds of child-feeding practices parents of young children need to have in their arsenal to prevent early childhood obesity. Cynthia Lebron, Mph, miamiherald, "Your child wants chips. You want them to have fruit. Here's how to tackle that.," 27 June 2018 The trio identified 22 specific programs or activities -- such as the country's nuclear weapons stockpile, its missile arsenal or its nuclear reprocessing facilities -- that US negotiators need to address with North Korea. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea denuclearization could take a decade, experts say," 29 May 2018 But big data is just one component in a growing arsenal of high-tech policing tools. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Crime Fighting Gets High-Tech Advances," 3 June 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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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


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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one that collects or salvages junk

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