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ammunition

[am-yuh-nish-uh n] /ˌæm yəˈnɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
the material fired, scattered, dropped, or detonated from any weapon, as bombs or rockets, and especially shot, shrapnel, bullets, or shells fired by guns.
2.
the means of igniting or exploding such material, as primers, fuzes, and gunpowder.
3.
any material, means, weapons, etc., used in any conflict:
a crude ammunition of stones.
4.
information, advice, or supplies to help defend or attack a viewpoint, argument, or claim:
Give me some ammunition for the debate.
5.
Obsolete. any military supplies.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Middle French amonitions, amunitions (plural) military supplies (a- a-5 + munition < Latin; see munition), or < French la munition, wrongly analyzed as l'amunition
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British Dictionary definitions for ammunitions

ammunition

/ˌæmjʊˈnɪʃən/
noun
1.
any projectiles, such as bullets, rockets, etc, that can be discharged from a weapon
2.
bombs, missiles, chemicals, biological agents, nuclear materials, etc, capable of use as weapons
3.
any means of defence or attack, as in an argument
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete French amunition, by mistaken division from earlier la munition; see munition
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Word Origin and History for ammunitions

ammunition

n.

1620s, from French soldiers' faulty separation of Middle French la munition into l'ammunition; from Latin munitionem (nominative munitio) "a fortifying" (see munition), and at first meaning all military supplies in general. The mistake in the word perhaps was by influence of French a(d)monition "warning." The error was corrected in French (Modern French munition), but retained in English.

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Encyclopedia Article for ammunitions

ammunition

the projectiles and propelling charges used in small arms, artillery, and other guns. Ammunition size is usually expressed in terms of calibre, which is the diameter of the projectile as measured in millimetres or inches. In general, projectiles less than 20 mm or .60 inch in diameter are classified as small-arm, and larger calibres are considered artillery. A complete round of ammunition consists of all the components necessary for one firing of the gun. These normally include a projectile, the propellant, and a primer that ignites the propellant. Other components such as cartridge case, fuze, and bursting charge are frequently included.

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