Definitions

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

  • n. The weapons and supplies of war with which a military unit is equipped.
  • n. All the military forces and war equipment of a country. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A military force equipped for war.
  • n. The process of arming for war.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A body of forces equipped for war.
  • n. All the cannon and small arms collectively, with their equipments, belonging to a ship or a fortification.
  • n. Any equipment for resistance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body of forces equipped for war; -- used of a land or naval force.
  • n. All the cannon and small arms collectively, with their equipments, belonging to a ship or a fortification.
  • n. Any equipment for resistance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body of forees equipped for war: used of a land or naval force.
  • n. Munitions of war; especially, the number and weight of all the guns which a ship of war carries.
  • n.

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

  • n. the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
  • n. weaponry used by military or naval force

Etymologies

Latin armāmenta, tools, from arma, arms; see arm2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin armamenta, from armare ("to arm"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Again, not knocking it or anybody's taste in armament, just wanting to better understand.

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  • Emmanual: While I believe that nuclear armament is the most illogical concept ever devised by mankind, the statement above makes nuclear arms logical.

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  • KELLY: Founder Hendrick Slabbinck kept the company going during World war II, when many Belgian workers were used in German armament factories as forced labor.

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  • The non-governmental sector is just as qualified as the "experts" or those who have a vested interest in armament and war.

    Seán MacBride - Nobel Lecture

  • Just as the questions relating to disarmament are usually left to military experts and to those with a vested interest in armament, these questions are also usually regarded as the exclusive prerogative of men.

    Seán MacBride - Nobel Lecture

  • After some resesigning for counterinsurgency warfare and changes in armament, the craft was rechris - tened A-26A.

    Guillermin, Louis F.

  • If more and more irritations are ameliorated by negotiation, the evidence of adequacy in armament becomes cumulative.

    One Bite At A Time

  • The main armament of a submarine, of course, is her torpedoes, but they are big valuable things of which one may not have more than a dozen or so on board and heaven knows when it will be possible to get back to harbour to replenish them.

    A Glimpse Into A Submarine

  • The only policy which would allow you to do without armament is the policy which England will always respect as on opinion-I mean non-resistance -- (and I remind you that it was respected throughout the last war as an individual opinion, of what we called the conscientious objector,) but it will never be followed as a policy.

    Europe 1937 Prospect and Retrospect

  • Now, armament is a term and the military armaments I speak of is just one particular part of this whole munitions question and when we hear a great deal of complaint raised these days about munitions makers, the complaints certainly mean the armament makers because if they use the broad term, then they must include everybody who makes anything that an army can use.

    Munitions and Common Sense

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