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


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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Boosting the low-yield arsenal is one of the cheaper and simpler of the practical steps laid out in America’s Nuclear Posture Review, published in February. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 McGill OSS may try to add more punchy videos like this one to its arsenal, but only sparingly, and not for several months. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Skewered Bad Science—and Went Viral Itself," 10 July 2018 Now Heupel is inheriting one of the best offenses in the country with a Heisman-contending quarterback who has a full arsenal of weaponry at his disposal. Mike Bianchi,, "New UCF coach Josh Heupel's offense might be better than Scott Frost's," 21 Apr. 2018 For another, as The New York Times reminds us, China has a far greater arsenal of trade-war tactics at its disposal. Bess Levin, The Hive, "“No Trade War Here,” Officials Insist as Trump Mulls Endless Cycle of Revenge Against China," 6 Apr. 2018 For Japan, the agreement, while welcome in its goal of stripping Pyongyang of its nuclear arsenal, has also generated anxiety about what concessions the United States may make to achieve that objective. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "Mattis seeks to allay Japanese concerns in North Korea denuclearization effort," 29 June 2018 There’s more research to be done, of course, but skin doctors are intrigued by the potential of a new non-steroidal tool in their arsenal. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 25 June 2018 Kim will likely be eager to strike an agreement that eases sanctions and brings an end to the Korean War, while allowing him to keep at least part of his nuclear arsenal. Andy Sharp,, "Here’s What to Watch for When Trump and Kim Meet," 11 June 2018 And is Kim prepared to give an accounting of his arsenal? Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korea summit: So what would a nuclear deal look like?," 5 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 , ˈär-sə- \

Kids Definition of arsenal

: a place where military equipment is made and stored

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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