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 In a single episode in 2002, U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan used a small mine configured as a hand grenade — called a pursuit deterrent munition — on a mission. New York Times, 21 June 2022 Each cluster munition packs enough punch to disable a delicate artillery piece. David Axe, Forbes, 10 June 2022 However, close inspection of the images shows that the munition is damaged and shows signs of having been flown. David Hambling, Forbes, 8 June 2022 The munition exploded, killing his father and wounding the boy in the head. New York Times, 14 May 2022 The United Nations said at the end of March that there were at least two dozen cluster munition attacks on Ukraine since the start of the invasion. CNN, 12 May 2022 In his wallet, Mr. Pavenko carries a sharp piece of shrapnel the size of a fingertip, one that burst from the Russian cluster munition. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2022 Just one cluster munition can disperse hundreds of bomblets. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Something – a large munition blew up right here and clearly sprayed this car with shrapnel. NBC News, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 2 Jul. 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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