chemical weapon


Definition of chemical weapon

: a weapon (such as mustard gas or sarin) used in chemical warfare

Examples of chemical weapon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 46-year-old Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempting to acquire a chemical weapon and identity theft. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Navalny, 44, who has been President Vladimir Putin’s main political opponent for more than a decade, had been in good health before the chemical weapon poisoning last summer., 19 Apr. 2021 Thousands were arrested at those protests this winter, which came after Mr. Navalny’s return to Russia from Germany, where he had been treated for a poisoning with a chemical weapon. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Navalny was poisoned with a chemical weapon in the same class as the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok while traveling from Siberia last August. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 Navalny was poisoned with a chemical weapon in the same class as the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok while traveling in Siberia last August., 18 Apr. 2021 Navalny survived an August assassination attempt with a chemical weapon, an attack that the U.S. State Department blamed on Russian security agencies. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021 The problem persists, with the disease detected regularly in a few birds, yet the culprit’s chemical weapon has remained unknown. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021 The reproductive toxins that render most women infertile in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), for example, derive from leaking nuclear plants and discarded chemical weapon stockpiles—very much humanity’s doing. Regina Marler, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of chemical weapon

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chemical weapon was in 1920

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“Chemical weapon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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