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[myoo-nish-uh n] /myuˈnɪʃ ən/
Usually, munitions. materials used in war, especially weapons and ammunition.
material or equipment for carrying on any undertaking.
verb (used with object)
to provide with munitions.
Origin of munition
1525-35; < Latin mūnītiōn- (stem of mūnītiō) a fortifying, equivalent to mūnīt(us) fortified (see munite) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
unmunitioned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for munitions
  • Various military sites had to move their munitions and ammo and other explosives to a more distant, more secure sight.
  • Only later did nations reach a verdict on whether it was acceptable to target a munitions factory next to a primary school.
  • They aren't dropping military munitions on the moon.
  • Since then anti-tank munitions have become even more powerful, but steel armours have improved little.
  • And especially, check out depleted uranium munitions.
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  • The project includes site work and construction of cast-in-place concrete structures for munitions storage and maintenance.
  • Examples are former ranges and munitions burial areas.
  • More and more law enforcement agencies are using impact munitions as part of their weapons arsenals.
British Dictionary definitions for munitions


plural noun
(sometimes sing) military equipment and stores, esp ammunition


(transitive) to supply with munitions
Derived Forms
munitioner, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin mūnītiō fortification, from mūnīre to fortify. See ammunition
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Word Origin and History for munitions



mid-15c., from Middle French municion "fortification, defense, defensive wall" (14c.), from Latin munitionem (nominative munitio) "a defending, fortification, protecting," noun of action from past participle stem of munire "to fortify," from moenia "defensive walls," related to murus "wall" (see mural). By 1530s the sense had passed through "military stores" to become "ammunition."

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