ord·​nance | \ ˈȯrd-nən(t)s How to pronounce ordnance (audio) \

Definition of ordnance

1a : military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and maintenance tools and equipment bombers dropped heavy concentrations of ordnance on every targeted airfield— Ron Dick
b : a service of the army charged with the procuring, distributing, and safekeeping of ordnance
2 : cannon, artillery Several pieces of ordnance bombarded the entrenched enemy.

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Examples of ordnance in a Sentence

The company was outfitted with 50-millimeter ordnance. the army is waiting for the heavy ordnance to be brought in
Recent Examples on the Web The Belgian shepherd is undergoing intensive training as an explosives detection dog for the explosive ordnance disposal and warship regiment of the Hungarian Defense Forces. Justin Spike, ajc, 14 May 2022 Her grandfather died that day, not from the ordnance but from the shock that followed. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The charge has a killing radius of 17 yards, according to CAT-UXO, a website that collates info on explosive ordnance disposal. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 But the stray ordnance and equipment littering streets were not left behind deliberately. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 But the stray ordnance and equipment littering streets were not left behind deliberately. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Anyone can access Gallagher Way until three hours before first pitch, at which point a same-day game ticket is required to enter the space until one hour after the game, per a city ordnance. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Formally known as the GBU-43, or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) bomb, it was developed in 2003. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 16 Mar. 2022 That optimism comes from what Ukrainians on the battlefield are learning about a behemoth of an adversary so far unable to turn its numerical, hardware, and ordnance superiority into victory. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ordnance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ordnance

Middle English ordinaunce, from Anglo-French ordenance disposition, preparation, military provisions — more at ordinance

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“Ordnance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordnance. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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ord·​nance | \ ˈȯrd-nəns How to pronounce ordnance (audio) \

Kids Definition of ordnance

1 : military supplies (as guns, ammunition, trucks, and tanks)

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