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 The United Arab Emirates, which sees Mr. Hifter as a strongman who might restore order, has been a major supplier of weaponry to his forces and has sent fighter jets to back him. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Cease-Fire in Libya Collapses Despite International Efforts," 27 Jan. 2020 In retrospect, the film seems all the more brilliant, bleak, and terrifyingly on the mark about the dangers of nuclear weaponry. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: On the Precipice," 12 Jan. 2020 In the vast arsenal of animal weaponry, the most exaggerated, elaborate and diverse devices such as tusks, claws and antlers have not been shaped by a need to fend off fierce predators. Kendall Powell, Scientific American, "The Weapons of Sexual Rivalry," 24 Dec. 2019 The event will feature a number of changes from the usual July 4 celebration in Washington, including a speech by the president at the Lincoln Memorial and the showcasing of a wide variety of military weaponry, including M1 Abrams tanks. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Trump on July 4: If he says the wrong thing, it could cost him," 3 July 2019 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

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Weaponry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weaponry. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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

Kids Definition of weaponry

: a particular grouping of weapons

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