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 Dickb : 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
Recent Examples of ordnance from the Web
A public affairs spokeswoman from the base confirmed Friday that an MHAFB explosive ordnance disposal team removed an object from Landa’s house Thursday.
In the battle to control your smart home, Nest just dropped some serious ordnance in the form a new home security camera.
This classic British series is set during World War II and centers around a team of bomb disposal experts tasked with disarming and destroying thousands of potentially lethal ordnance.
Brad, 33, is a veteran himself, a retired Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer.
That's why Joe Trocino established the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation with the mission of helping locals dispose of ordnance using inexpensive, easy-to-find materials.
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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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