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armament

[ahr-muh-muh nt] /ˈɑr mə mənt/
noun
1.
the arms and equipment with which a military unit or military apparatus is supplied.
2.
a land, sea, or air force equipped for war.
3.
armor (def 5).
4.
Usually, armaments. military strength collectively:
the armaments race; a country without armaments.
5.
the process of equipping or arming for war.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Latin armāmenta fittings, equivalent to armā(re) to fit out (see arm2) + -menta (plural) -ment
Related forms
nonarmament, noun
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  • And this power idea carries with it much more mischief than the threat of sudden war and the attendant necessities of armament.
  • As a result of these techniques, armament programs may be dangerously delayed.
  • Its purpose is to serve as an inspector of great variety of armament materiel.
  • As a general rule, there is a great want of uniformity in the armament of this command.
British Dictionary definitions for armament

armament

/ˈɑːməmənt/
noun
1.
(often pl) the weapon equipment of a military vehicle, ship, or aircraft
2.
a military force raised and armed ready for war
3.
preparation for war involving the production of equipment and arms
Word Origin
C17: from Latin armāmenta utensils, from armāre to equip
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Word Origin and History for armament
n.

c.1600, "munitions of war" (especially the great guns on board a man-of-war), also "naval force equipped for war" (1690s), from Latin armamentum "implement," from Latin armare "to arm, furnish with weapons" from arma (see arm (n.2)). Meaning "process of equipping for war" is from 1813.

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