weap·​on·​ry | \ ˈwe-pən-rē How to pronounce weaponry (audio) \

Definition of weaponry

2 : the science of designing and making weapons

Examples of weaponry in a Sentence

The army has developed some new high-tech weaponry.
Recent Examples on the Web While some in the defense community think updating US nuclear weaponry is a smart defense tactic, others say the proliferation of low-yield weapons is just a different type of invitation for nuclear war. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for February 5: State of the Union, Iowa, coronavirus, Mexico, nukes," 5 Feb. 2020 The secret of implosion thus represented the future of atomic weaponry. New York Times, "Fourth Spy at Los Alamos Knew A-Bomb’s Inner Secrets," 27 Jan. 2020 Moreover, some Libyan militia commanders say that what the GNA forces really need is not more infantry, but technical assistance and advanced weaponry: more armed drones, drone jammers, artillery, and air-defense systems. Frederic Wehrey, The New York Review of Books, "Among the Syrian Militiamen of Turkey’s Intervention in Libya," 23 Jan. 2020 These rifles are in excellent condition and offer a look back at the history of WWII weaponry. Joe Songer | Jsonger@al.com, AL.com, "10 cool things I saw at the Birmingham Gun Show this weekend," 6 Jan. 2018 That’s not to say you can’t be both cute and fearsome, but given their handle on weaponry, we certainly are less tempted to approach and pet them. 5. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Ranking the Cutest Star Wars Characters of All Time, From Ewoks to Baby Yoda," 18 Dec. 2019 An Iron Age chariot burial found in Yorkshire, England, is reshaping archaeologists’ understanding of Celtic art and weaponry. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unearth Celtic Warrior Grave Complete With Chariot, Elaborate Shield," 10 Dec. 2019 And if Turkey’s relationship with allies continues to crumble, Europeans may feel less soothed than alarmed by the several megatonnes of weaponry sitting at Incirlik. The Economist, "Turkey’s Syria move highlights America’s tactical nukes in Europe," 28 Nov. 2019 Lethal, largely autonomous weaponry isn’t entirely new: A handful of such systems have been deployed for decades, though only in limited, defensive roles, such as shooting down missiles hurtling toward ships. The Atlantic, "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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8 Feb 2020

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“Weaponry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weaponry. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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weap·​on·​ry | \ ˈwe-pən-rē How to pronounce weaponry (audio) \

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: a particular grouping of weapons

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