Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Projectiles, such as bullets and shot, together with their fuses and primers, that can be fired from guns or otherwise propelled.
  • n. Nuclear, biological, chemical, or explosive material, such as rockets or grenades, that are used as weapons.
  • n. An object used as a missile in offense or defense: Rocks were my only ammunition against the bear.
  • n. A means of attacking or defending an argument, thesis, or point of view.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; as powder, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc.
  • n. Any stock of missiles, literal or figurative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Military stores, or provisions of all kinds for attack or defense.
  • n. Articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; as powder, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc.
  • n. Any stock of missiles, literal or figurative.
  • transitive v. To provide with ammunition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Military stores or provisions for attack or defense; in modern usage, only the materials which are used in the discharge of firearms and ordnance of all kinds, as powder, balls, bombs, various kinds of shot, etc.
  • To supply with ammunition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any nuclear or chemical or biological material that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction
  • n. information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint
  • n. projectiles to be fired from a gun

Etymologies

Obsolete French amunition, from l'amunition, the provisioning, alteration of la munition, from Old French, from Latin mūnītiō, mūnītiōn-, fortification; see munition.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French amunition, for munition, probably caused by taking "la munition" as "l'amunition". See munition. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A sock, apparently; citation on ganzey. This sense isn't in the O.E.D., but it does mention ammunition-boots, footwear supplied as part of soldiers' kit, so maybe there's a connection.

    March 21, 2009