weapon

noun
weap·on | \ ˈwe-pən \

Definition of weapon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (such as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy

2 : a means of contending against another

weapon

verb
weaponed; weaponing; weapons

Definition of weapon (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of weapon in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Phan claimed this device could be used as a weapon. Martha Bellisle, Fox News, "Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent," 13 July 2018 Agents traced the signal, discovering the deceased bear had been shot twice with a large caliber weapon. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Hunter fined $10,000 for killing black bear in Louisiana," 12 July 2018 Joseph Losano, 52, pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of aggravated rape, six counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and single counts of rape and aggravated kidnapping. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Swampscott man charged with raping five women at gunpoint," 12 July 2018 Fortunately, scientists at Texas A&M University have a new weapon against these and other disease-carrying insects. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp revels in wringing joy from mundane items—a giant salt shaker is a weapon in one scene, as is an inflated Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in another. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 5 July 2018 Kinner also faces a charge of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Will prosecutors seek death penalty for man accused of stabbing toddler? That depends.," 5 July 2018 Soldiers used systematic rape of women and girls as a war weapon in at least 16 villages, according to Amnesty, which interviewed 11 who were gang-raped. Verena Dobnik, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amnesty International: Myanmar military should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity," 27 June 2018 Da Ali G Show’’ in 2004 - gamely referring to weapons of mass destruction as BLTs, like the show’s host - told the site. Bethonie Butler, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how Sacha Baron Cohen fools celebrities into embarrassing interviews, starting with ‘Da Ali G Show’," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each crime fit the same modus operandi including the suspect’s build and weapon description, the report said. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police arrest suspect in 24 armed robberies," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of weapon

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weapon

Noun

Middle English wepen, from Old English wǣpen; akin to Old High German wāffan weapon, Old Norse vāpn

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The first known use of weapon was before the 12th century

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weapon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of weapon

: 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

weapon

noun
weap·on | \ ˈwe-pən \

Kids Definition of weapon

: something (as a gun, knife, or club) to fight with

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