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
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>
Origin and Etymology of ordnance
Middle English ordinaunce, from Anglo-French ordenance disposition, preparation, military provisions — more at ordinance
First Known Use: 14th century
ORDNANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ordnance for English Language Learners
: military supplies including weapons, ammunition, armor, vehicles, etc.
: large, heavy guns on wheels
ORDNANCE Defined for Kids
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