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Friday, June 01, 2012

armamentarium

\ahr-muh-muhn-TAIR-ee-uhm\ , noun;
1.
A fruitful source of devices or materials available or used for an undertaking.
2.
The aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one's duties.
Quotes:
You can almost hear the crash as my medical armamentarium smashes to the ground.
-- Emily R. Transue, M.D., On Call
In addition to the past lying available in his memory, he had always had a technical armamentarium second to none; even the hostile critics had granted him that.
-- Orson Scott Card, Masterpieces
Litvikov led the way over to his long conference table, which was covered in green felt and stocked with an armamentarium of mineral-water bottles that the commissar never seemed to offer.
-- Robert Ludlum, The Tristan Betrayal
Origin:
Armamentarium comes from the Latin root armament, which refers to equipment used by a military unit. The suffix -arium denotes a location or receptacle.
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