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Friday, June 01, 2012


\ahr-muh-muhn-TAIR-ee-uhm\ , noun;
A fruitful source of devices or materials available or used for an undertaking.
The aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one's duties.
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
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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