ordnance

noun ord·nance \ ˈȯrd-nən(t)s \

Definition of ordnance

1 a :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.

Examples of ordnance in a Sentence

  1. The company was outfitted with 50-millimeter ordnance.

  2. the army is waiting for the heavy ordnance to be brought in

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Origin and Etymology of ordnance

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

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ORDNANCE Defined for English Language Learners

ordnance

noun

Definition of ordnance for English Language Learners

  • : military supplies including weapons, ammunition, armor, vehicles, etc.

  • : large, heavy guns on wheels


ORDNANCE Defined for Kids

ordnance

noun ord·nance \ ˈȯrd-nəns \

Definition of ordnance for Students

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


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