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[ahr-muh-muh nt] /ˈɑr mə mənt/
the arms and equipment with which a military unit or military apparatus is supplied.
a land, sea, or air force equipped for war.
armor (def 5).
Usually, armaments. military strength collectively:
the armaments race; a country without armaments.
the process of equipping or arming for war.
Origin of armament
1690-1700; < Latin armāmenta fittings, equivalent to armā(re) to fit out (see arm2) + -menta (plural) -ment
Related forms
nonarmament, noun Unabridged
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  • Every government that could pursued nuclear armaments in order to keep even with their fears of real and imagined adversaries.
  • Eventually it self-destructs and cannot be torn down, meaning that you have sacrificed a tree in exchange for stronger armaments.
  • Perhaps a better more constructive approach would be to ban nuclear armaments from the region.
  • Wherever you have resistance in the region, they will have armaments somehow.
  • They would hold up flip-cards to display vast images ranging from ostriches to armaments.
  • Also the police armaments suppliers, from cars, computers to helicopter manufacturers.
  • His office of minister of armaments and war manufacturing is abolished.
  • An armaments industry developed, giving the world the bayonet.
British Dictionary definitions for armaments


(often pl) the weapon equipment of a military vehicle, ship, or aircraft
a military force raised and armed ready for war
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 armaments



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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