mu·​ni·​tion | \ myu̇-ˈni-shən How to pronounce munition (audio) \

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munition transitive verb

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Recent Examples on the Web Hamburg, Brandt’s home town, was destroyed by Allied bombers dropping phosphorus munitions. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Histories Hidden in the Periodic Table," 27 Dec. 2019 In September, the United States dropped more munitions on Afghanistan than in any other month since 2010. Washington Post, "World Digest: Nov. 30, 2019," 30 Nov. 2019 Between 2001 and 2002, the United States dropped roughly 1,228 cluster munitions of its own in the country, killing at least 60 civilians. Fatima Faizi, New York Times, "Afghanistan’s Curse: A Bomb From 2 Wars Ago Crushes a Family Today," 21 Nov. 2019 In October 2010, the Air Force dropped 1,043 munitions, according to a separate data report from March 2013. Fox News, "US dropped more bombs in Afghanistan last month than any time since 2010: Air Force," 9 Oct. 2019 Earlier on Sunday, an Israeli drone violated Lebanese airspace, dropping incendiary munitions and started a fire in an oak forest near the border, the Lebanese army said in a separate statement. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Hezbollah and Israel trade fire near Lebanese-Israeli border, stoking fears of an escalating battle," 1 Sep. 2019 In the Senate, Lugar was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and led a bipartisan effort to dismantle more than 7,600 nuclear warheads, millions of chemical munitions and thousands of missiles. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "A U.S. Navy warship will be named after Richard Lugar," 13 Nov. 2019 For 19 hours, the suspect holed up in a bathroom as a SWAT team fired gas munition and 40-millimeter rounds through the windows, drove an armored vehicle through the doors, tossed flash-bang grenades inside and used explosives to blow out the walls. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Police blew up an innocent man’s house in search of an armed shoplifter. Too bad, court rules.," 30 Oct. 2019 The Marines and Navy used the Skyhawk — which was built to carry nuclear weapons, missiles, bombs and other munitions — during the Vietnam War. Daily Pilot, "Vietnam War-era military plane lands at new Costa Mesa home," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of munition

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for munition

Middle French, from Latin munition-, munitio, from munire to fortify, from moenia walls; akin to Latin murus wall and perhaps to Sanskrit minoti he builds, fastens

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6 Jan 2020

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“Munition.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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mu·​ni·​tion | \ myu̇-ˈni-shən How to pronounce munition (audio) \

Kids Definition of munition

: military equipment and supplies for fighting : ammunition

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