Definition of weapon
1 : something (such as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy
2 : a means of contending against another
Examples of weapon in a Sentence
assault with a deadly weapon
The pitcher's slider is his most effective weapon.
a new weapon in the fight against cancer
The mayor's campaign unleashed its secret weapon.
Recent Examples of weapon from the Web
For Kim, nuclear weapons may insure his regime against suffering the fates of governments in Iraq and Libya.
A celeb's secret weapon for beating the summer heat?
Coyle, the former Pentagon weapons tester, told Politico.
The ideal weapon to pair with Westbrook, PG also has a swagger to his game that puts him on the same page as the thermonuclear guard.
Meyer, who joined the bureau in December 1992, had been a lead instructor on special weapons and an active member of the bureau's tactical squad before the accident.
Moore was fatally wounded after allegedly reaching for a weapon.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Frisco police said Wednesday.
Pretty soon, the internet came for the float with its best weapon: jokes.
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Origin and Etymology of weapon
Middle English wepen, from Old English wǣpen; akin to Old High German wāffan weapon, Old Norse vāpn
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of weapon
First Known Use of weapon
before 12th century
WEAPON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of weapon for English Language Learners
: something (such as a gun, knife, club, or bomb) that is used for fighting or attacking someone or for defending yourself when someone is attacking you
: something (such as a skill, idea, or tool) that is used to win a contest or achieve something
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Definition of weapon for Students
: something (as a gun, knife, or club) to fight with
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