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Definitions for ammunition
ˌæm yəˈnɪʃ ənam·mu·ni·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ammunition, ammonoun

    projectiles to be fired from a gun

  2. ammunitionnoun

    any nuclear or chemical or biological material that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction

  3. ammunitionnoun

    information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint

    "his admission provided ammunition for his critics"


  1. ammunitionnoun

    Articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; as powder, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc.

  2. ammunitionnoun

    Any stock of missiles, literal or figurative.

  3. Etymology: amunition, for munition, probably caused by taking "la munition" as "l'amunition". See munition.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ammunitionnoun

    Military stores.

    Etymology: supposed by some to come from amonitio, which, in the barbarous ages, seems to have signified supply of provision; but it, surely, may be more reasonably derived from munitio, fortification; choses à munitions, things for the fortresses.

    They must make themselves defensible against strangers; and must have the assistance of some able military man, and convenient arms and ammunition for their defence. Francis Bacon.

    The colonel staid to put in the ammunition he brought with him; which was only twelve barrels of powder, and twelve hundred weight of match. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    All the rich mines of learning ransackt are,
    To furnish ammunition for this war. John Denham.

    But now his stores of ammunition spent,
    His naked valour is his only guard:
    Rare thunders are from his dumb cannon sent,
    And solitary guns are scarcely heard. John Dryden, Annus Mir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ammunitionnoun

    military stores, or provisions of all kinds for attack or defense

  2. Ammunitionnoun

    articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; as powder, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc

  3. Ammunitionnoun

    any stock of missiles, literal or figurative

  4. Ammunitionverb

    to provide with ammunition

  5. Etymology: [F. amunition, for munition, prob. caused by taking la munition as l'amunition. See Munition.]


  1. Ammunition

    Ammunition is gunpowder and artillery, or broadly anything that can be used in combat including bombs, missiles, warheads, landmines, naval mines, and anti-personnel mines. The word comes from the French la munition which is all material used for war. The collective term for all types of ammunition is munitions. The purpose of ammunition is to project force against a selected target. However, the nature of ammunition use also includes delivery or combat supporting munitions such as pyrotechnic or incendiary compounds. Since the design of the cartridge, the meaning has been transferred to the assembly of a projectile and its propellant in a single package. Ammunition involves the application of fire to targets, general use of weapons by personnel, explosives and propellants, cartridge systems, high explosive projectiles, warheads, shaped charge forms of attack on armour and aircraft, carrier projectiles, fuzes, mortar ammunition, small arms ammunition, grenades, mines, pyrotechnics, improved conventional munitions, and terminally guided munition.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ammunition

    am-mūn-ish′un, n. anything used for munition or defence: military stores, formerly of all kinds (as still in the word used adjectively, as in ammunition wagon, &c.), now esp. powder, balls, bombs, &c.—v.t. to supply with ammunition. [O. Fr. amunition. See Munition.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. ammunition

    See munition.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ammunition

    This word had an infinite variety of meanings. It includes every description of warlike stores, comprehending not only the ordnance, but the powder, balls, bullets, cartridges, and equipments.--Ammunition bread, that which is for the supply of armies or garrisons.--Ammunition chest, a box placed abaft near the stern or in the tops of men-of-war, to contain ammunition, for the arms therein placed, in readiness for immediate action.--Ammunition shoes, those made for soldiers and sailors, and particularly for use by those frequenting the magazine, being soft and free from metal.--Ammunition waggon, a close cart for conveying military effects.--Ammunition wife, a name applied to women of doubtful character.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ammunition

    Is a term which comprehends gunpowder, and all the various projectiles and pyrotechnical composition and stores used in the service. See Ordnance, Ammunition for.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ammunition in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ammunition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ammunition in a Sentence

  1. Jens Nordvig:

    The BoJ move shows a weak hand, the BoJ move suggests The BoJ is out of ammunition, and will not be able to deliver anything meaningful going forward.

  2. Nela Richardson:

    You might need the ammunition further down the road if unemployment increases or deflation starts.

  3. Federal Prosecutor:

    Inside the vehicle, authorities discovered four Law anti-tank rocket launchers and ammunition.

  4. Douglas Barrie:

    It covers ground and air and there are multiple people involved, and it is difficult to know who is doing what let alone the cost of the campaign, it is hardly surprising that the near term focus of the countries at the vanguard of the campaign has switched from long-term equipment to replenishing ammunition stocks and looking at lessons of the air campaign.

  5. Ahmad Mohammad:

    We arrested 10 people today ... items recovered included a Lexus jeep, two motorcylces and ... ammunition.

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    a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
    • A. swathing
    • B. impounding
    • C. fervidness
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