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armored

[ahr-merd] /ˈɑr mərd/
adjective
1.
protected by armor or armor plate.
2.
provided with or using armored equipment, as tanks or armored cars: an armored unit;
an armored patrol.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; armor + -ed3
Related forms
unarmored, adjective
well-armored, adjective

armor

[ahr-mer] /ˈɑr mər/
noun
1.
any covering worn as a defense against weapons.
2.
a suit of armor.
3.
a metallic sheathing or protective covering, especially metal plates, used on warships, armored vehicles, airplanes, and fortifications.
4.
mechanized units of military forces, as armored divisions.
5.
Also called armament. any protective covering, as on certain animals, insects, or plants.
6.
any quality, characteristic, situation, or thing that serves as protection:
A chilling courtesy was his only armor.
7.
the outer, protective wrapping of metal, usually fine, braided steel wires, on a cable.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cover or equip with armor or armor plate.
Also, especially British, armour.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English armo(u)r, armure < Anglo-French armour(e), armure Old French armëure < Latin armātūra armature; assimilated, in Middle English and Anglo-French, to nouns ending in -our -or2
Related forms
armorless, adjective
antiarmor, adjective
subarmor, noun
Can be confused
amour, armoire, armor.
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Examples for armored
  • The new enemy was agile and light, and outmatched the lumbering, heavily armored cavalry and infantry.
  • Likewise heavily armored beetles trust in their protection and also wait out the swarm.
  • armored police vehicles come flying around corners toward taunting students, who pelt them with rocks.
  • armored by their prizes, they are generally immune to criticism.
  • The royal couple were unharmed, but made the return journey home after the performance in an armored police truck.
  • They wished to be certain that these quotations were both accurate and armored against challenge.
  • The armored cruiser squadron met you, and left you again, when you were half way round the world.
  • Under this stood a big armored automobile, with racing engine and oil-smoke pouring out of it.
  • It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets.
  • Brisk sales for bullet proof vests, bullet proof automobiles, and blast resistant armored vehicles.
British Dictionary definitions for armored

armoured

/ˈɑːməd/
adjective
1.
having a protective covering, such as armour or bone
2.
comprising units making use of armoured vehicles an armoured brigade
3.
(of glass) toughened

armor

/ˈɑːmə/
noun
1.
the US spelling of armour
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Word Origin and History for armored

armor

n.

c.1300, "mail, defensive covering worn in combat," also "means of protection," from Old French armeure "weapons, armor" (12c.), from Latin armatura "arms, equipment," from arma "arms, gear" (see arm (n.2)). Figurative use from mid-14c.

Meaning "military equipment generally," especially siege engines, is late 14c. The word might have died with jousting if not for late 19c. transference to metal-shielded machinery beginning with U.S. Civil War ironclads (first attested in this sense in an 1855 report from the U.S. Congressional Committee on Naval Affairs).

v.

mid-15c., from armor (n.). Related: Armored; armoring.

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