weapon

noun
weap·​on | \ ˈwe-pən How to pronounce weapon (audio) \

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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The report says Alexis Wilson purchased a new AK-47 and took photos and videos of herself with the weapon. Amanda Watts, CNN, "A woman was arrested after she bought an AK-47 and threatened her old school," 17 Sep. 2019 And they are also expected to hear about the murder weapon’s improbable journey — a 1,300-mile trek from a New Mexico pawn shop to the South Side shooting scene to the street just blocks away where police recovered it. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Trial to begin in Tyshawn Lee slaying, WGN no longer Chicago’s very own and other things to know about to start your day," 17 Sep. 2019 The Browns have the offensive weapons and the defensive talent to match Rams coach Sean McVay’s trendsetting ways. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland.com, "Browns vs. Rams preview: 5 things to know about Cleveland’s next opponent," 17 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the chief weapon in Trump’s arsenal is his bluster. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 O’Rourke said the weapons have to go when they’re being used against children. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Beto O'Rourke: 'Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47' to keep children safe," 13 Sep. 2019 Over the rest of the calendar, his rolls to the rim might be the weapon that busts an opponent’s defensive scheme—and that’s without considering his contributions as a rebounder and shot-blocker. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 The hypersonic weapons fly at a faster speed and on a much lower trajectory than ICBMs and therefore are beyond what the current interceptors can respond to, according to Sullivan. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan seeks answers on plans for Alaska-based missile defense systems," 12 Sep. 2019 Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale Police Department spokeswoman, said the car’s owner never saw the man’s weapon, but still did as he was told without further incident. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "La Crescenta carjacking suspect remains on the loose," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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 How to pronounce weapon (audio) \

Kids Definition of weapon

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

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