weap·​on·​ry | \ˈwe-pən-rē \

Definition of weaponry 

1 : weapons

2 : the science of designing and making weapons

Examples of weaponry in a Sentence

The army has developed some new high-tech weaponry.

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Pyongyang objects particularly to the participation of advanced and nuclear-capable weaponry in any exercise, such as the F22 stealth fighter and nuclear-capable naval assets. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "What will U.S. give North Korea in exchange for nukes? Ahead of summit, question looms.," 31 May 2018 Then the group recruited three men versed in weaponry to recreate the attack. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Neanderthals Hunted in Groups, One More Strike Against the Dumb Brute Myth," 27 June 2018 The concern about anti-satellite weaponry from Russia and China is a real one, Defense Department officials and aerospace experts say. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say," 23 June 2018 Israeli officials say soldiers employ only standard weaponry that complies with international laws. Hanah Salah, latimes.com, "Israel shoots to wound, not kill. That has led to a wave of amputations in Gaza," 8 June 2018 Some of the latest Navy rifles, drones and weaponry is featured on the Arlington’s flight deck, which can launch or land up to four helicopters. Greg Norman, Fox News, "USS Arlington, named in honor of 9/11 victims and responders, visits NYC for first time during Fleet Week," 25 May 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been hyping the threat of Iranian nuclear weaponry for years and seems to have such a casual relationship with the truth that even this White House has been forced to call him out on his claims. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "The Real Horror Of the Trump Doctrine: There Is No Method to the Madness," 15 May 2018 Barbieri, though charged alone with illegally exporting weaponry to violent gangs and drug traffickers in Brazil, did not act by himself. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "After shipping AK-47s in water heaters, Brazilian weapons lord headed for slammer | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignment that keep the ship mission-ready at all times. Kayla Turnbow, Houston Chronicle, "Houston sailor serves aboard Navy warship homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of weaponry

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of weaponry was in 1844

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weap·​on·​ry | \ˈwe-pən-rē \

Kids Definition of weaponry

: a particular grouping of weapons

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