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

Definition of munition

1 archaic : rampart, defense

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Other Words from munition

munition transitive verb

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The $8 billion arms sale included precision guided munitions, other bombs and ammunition and aircraft maintenance support. Susannah George, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump pledges veto," 20 June 2019 Instead America uses that space to enlarge the hangar bay, store extra aviation fuel, and embark extra aircraft munitions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy and Marines Are Deploying a 'Lightning Carrier' to the Pacific," 2 May 2019 The bigger company will combine United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney F-35 fighter jet engines with Raytheon’s Patriot missile-defense products and expertise in areas such as radars, munitions and cybersecurity. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "United Technologies, Raytheon to combine as defense giant," 9 June 2019 Its dams and plants churned out vast amounts of munitions to help the war effort. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 The discovery of the munitions shook the community, tanking property values and prompting more than a dozen lawsuits, including one from Orange County schools against the engineers who approved the construction of Odyssey Middle on the bombing site. Karina Elwood,, "Agreement calls for city to spend $31 million on roads for southeast Orlando development on WWII-era bomb site," 3 June 2019 Just 10 B-52s, B-1s, and B-2s delivered nearly half of the 23,000 air-to-ground munitions dropped during the campaign. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "20 Years After Kosovo: How a War in the Balkans Changed the U.S. Air Force Forever," 28 May 2019 The in-the-round (or rectangle) seating puts the audience right in the midst of the munitions factory and, later, the Chicago club in which the show takes place. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 2018 So too, Takahara claims, are the corporations and governments that destabilize neighboring countries for political leverage and to keep the price of munitions high. Paula L. Woods,, "Can exploring the dark side in fiction go too far? Fuminori Nakamura's 'Cult X' presses the question," 25 May 2018

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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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The first known use of munition was in 1508

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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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