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weapon

noun weap·on \ ˈwe-pən \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

  1. assault with a deadly weapon

  2. The pitcher's slider is his most effective weapon.

  3. a new weapon in the fight against cancer

  4. The mayor's campaign unleashed its secret weapon.

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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

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms


2

weapon

verb

Definition of weapon

transitive verb
:arm

Recent Examples of weapon from the Web

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First Known Use of weapon

before 12th century



WEAPON Defined for English Language Learners

weapon

noun

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


WEAPON Defined for Kids

weapon

noun weap·on \ ˈwe-pən \

Definition of weapon for Students

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

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