What does Ordnance mean?

Definitions for Ordnance
ˈɔrd nənsOrd·nance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. munition, ordnance, ordnance store(noun)

    military supplies

  2. artillery, heavy weapon, gun, ordnance(noun)

    large but transportable armament


  1. ordnance(Noun)

    military equipment, especially weapons and ammunition.

    Etymology: A reduced form of ordinance, which is attested from the late 14th century in the sense of "military equipment or provisions".

  2. ordnance(Noun)


    Etymology: A reduced form of ordinance, which is attested from the late 14th century in the sense of "military equipment or provisions".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ordnance

    ord′nans, n. great guns: artillery: (orig.) any arrangement, disposition, or equipment.—Ordnance survey, a preparation of maps and plans of Great Britain and Ireland, or parts thereof, undertaken by government and carried out by men selected from the Royal Engineers—so called because in earlier days the survey was carried out under the direction of the Master-general of the Ordnance. [Ordinance.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. ordnance

    Explosives, chemicals, pyrotechnics, and similar stores, e.g., bombs, guns and ammunition, flares, smoke, or napalm.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ordnance

    A general name for all sorts of great guns which are used in war. Also, all that relates to the artillery and engineer service.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ordnance

    A general name for all kinds of weapons employed in war, and the appliances necessary for their use. Under the general term ordnance and ordnance stores are included all guns, howitzers, mortars, rockets, and projectiles of every description, the explosives used in warfare, all gun-carriages, limbers, caissons, mortar-beds, battery-wagons, and traveling-forges with their equipments, and all other apparatus and machines required for the service and manœuvres of artillery at sieges or in the field; together with the materials for their construction, preservation, and repair. Also all small-arms, side-arms, and accoutrements for artillery, cavalry, and infantry, all ammunition for cannon and small-arms; and all stores of expenditures for the service of the various arms, materials for the construction and repair of ordnance buildings, utensils and stores for laboratories, including standing weights, gauges, and measures, and all other tools and utensils required for the performance of ordnance duty. Harness and horse equipments are also furnished by the ordnance department. This general application of the word is not the purport of the present article; it is its special signification as used by the artillery with which we have to do. Technically speaking, ordnance is a term applied to all heavy fire-arms which are discharged from carriages.

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  1. ordnance


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ordnance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ordnance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Ordnance in a Sentence

  1. Justin Jager:

    The Maroon Fire posed some unique challenges that there were some big KV power lines running through there that we needed to be able to protect from the fire then also an unexploded ordnance area that we wanted to be able to put fire in but we didn’t want to put firefighters on the ground for obvious reasons.

  2. Jonathan Greenert:

    Some of our platforms, our people, and our systems will arrive late to the fight, they will arrive with insufficient ordnance. And they will be inadequately prepared to fight.

  3. John Marshall:

    During my second tour, we were providing security for the EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] guys, we didn’t know what we were blowing up, so it’s possible that there we were exposed to something toxic. We stood over open burn pits.

  4. Kenneth Davidson:

    If you look at the X-51, the size is slightly too big to put it on our current bombers, it was made as a demonstrator. There’s no weapon in it. There are no sensors on board for controlling the guidance. So we’re looking at making it more durable, getting the guidance control developed so that it can become a weapon system, developing the ordnance.

  5. The A-29:

    It's much more than just the pilot being able to fly the plane and release the ordnance, there's a whole system that surrounds this.

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  • artilleriaCatalan, Valencian
  • Militärmaterial, ArtillerieGerman
  • πυροβολικόGreek
  • artilleríaSpanish
  • ampumatarvikkeet, taisteluväline, tykistö, sotatarvike, sotamateriaaliFinnish
  • geschutDutch
  • [[артиллерийский, боеприпас, артилле́рияRussian

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