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

Definition of munition

1 archaic : rampart, defense

Other Words from munition

munition transitive verb

Examples of munition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a former military captain told the AP that soldiers in Chin State were resupplied and reinforced in October, and the army is now stockpiling munition, fuel and rations in Sagaing. David Rising And,, 30 Dec. 2021 Videos also showed members of the pro-Trump group attacking a barefoot man, a Trump supporter throwing a munition canister at the counterprotesters and anti-fascists attacking people, including pepper-spraying an apparent bystander walking his dog. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Dec. 2021 An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on January 6. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 6 Dec. 2021 Federal officers turn on a bright light, and then an officer fires a less lethal munition striking LaBella. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 Imagine some kind of device combining sensors to detect incoming missiles plus various jammers to thwart them and—tying the whole thing together—a sophisticated artificial intelligence that can react as fast as the enemy munition can adapt. David Axe, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 One fires an explosive munition in the direction of the soldiers. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 If munition stores or other supplies are depleted by intense activity, nuclear power enables the carrier to dart out of the combat zone, replenish at sea, and then quickly return to action. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 That munition was a new missile launched from the ground that can hover near a potential target waiting for the go-ahead to strike, but the Army wouldn’t say much about the weapon. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2021

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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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“Munition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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