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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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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Kim spent his first years in power growing his arsenal at breakneck speed, spending much of 2016 and 2017 launching ballistic missiles and testing nuclear weapons at a disturbing pace. Will Ripley, CNN, "Trump and Kim make history, but a longer and more difficult march lies ahead," 30 June 2019 The evidence uncovered by the invasion and the subsequent interrogation of Iraqi officials showed that the administration was wrong to believe the more pessimistic estimates about the nature of that arsenal. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 Russia has always denied responsibility for shooting down the flight and claimed last year that the Buk missile came from Ukrainian army arsenals. Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "The Netherlands to put 4 on trial for murder in downing of MH17 over Ukraine," 19 June 2019 Russia has always denied responsibility for shooting down the flight and claimed last year that the Buk missile came from Ukrainian army arsenals. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Three Russians, one Ukrainian charged over MH17 crash," 19 June 2019 Russia has always denied responsibility for shooting down the flight and claimed last year that the Buk missile came from Ukrainian army arsenals. Mike Corder, Anchorage Daily News, "Four suspects named in the 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine that killed 298," 19 June 2019 The drill in northern Israel featured the country’s ever-growing arsenal of unmanned aircraft, already deployed continuously in reconnaissance missions along Israel’s borders. Washington Post, "Israel holds large military drill amid US-Iran tensions," 19 June 2019 The arsenal can be even stronger if Kareem Hunt continues to do the right things off the field and has his suspension lifted for the final eight games. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "What Odell Beckham can find with the Cleveland Browns, if he’s open to it — Terry Pluto," 12 June 2019 Daly said of the arsenal and its surrounding governments. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "Redstone Arsenal still growing and seeking young tech talent," 12 June 2019

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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

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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