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


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wayne became even more of a weapon in 2021, taking at least some of the defensive attention away from Tolbert. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 6 Aug. 2022 Camellia Dunlap, 18, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2022 On April 14, Harpole pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with her death, Oregon Live reported. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 Belcher is charged with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon in the killing of Ash Smith, 31, a Portland mother of 5. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2022 Biden didn’t say what kind of weapon was used to kill al-Zawahiri. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 2 Aug. 2022 The gun legislation, for instance, came amid a series of mass shootings, including a July 4 massacre at a parade in Highland Park, Ill., and as the Supreme Court struck down a New York law limiting residents’ ability to carry a weapon. Yasmeen Abutaleb And Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 There isn’t an exact correlation between license to carry and gun ownership, but this data is helpful in understanding how the desire to carry a weapon has shifted over time. Olivia Lloyd, Sun Sentinel, 21 July 2022 Employees who choose to carry a weapon must be trained before being authorized by the school district superintendent to do so on school grounds, the police states. Jamiel Lynch And Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 15 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another officer had a taser ready, while the third officer had no taser or weapon out, Fields added. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 30 Sep. 2020 Recent reports, though, have claimed rubber bullets are still being used, and tracking which weapons individual police departments use is difficult. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 4 June 2020 Each crime fit the same modus operandi including the suspect’s build and weapon description, the report said. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of weapon


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weapon


Middle English wepen, from Old English wǣpen; akin to Old High German wāffan weapon, Old Norse vāpn

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“Weapon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weapon. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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