What does weapon mean?

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ˈwɛp ənweapon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weapon, arm, weapon system(noun)

    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

    "he was licensed to carry a weapon"

  2. weapon, artillery(noun)

    a means of persuading or arguing

    "he used all his conversational weapons"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weapon(noun)

    an instrument of offensive of defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy, as a gun, a sword, etc

    Etymology: [OE. wepen, AS. wpen; akin to OS. wpan, OFries. wpin, wpen, D. wapen, G. waffe, OHG. waffan, wfan, Icel. vpn, Dan. vaaben, Sw. vapen, Goth. wpna, pl.; of uncertain origin. Cf. Wapentake.]

  2. Weapon(noun)

    fig.: The means or instrument with which one contends against another; as, argument was his only weapon

    Etymology: [OE. wepen, AS. wpen; akin to OS. wpan, OFries. wpin, wpen, D. wapen, G. waffe, OHG. waffan, wfan, Icel. vpn, Dan. vaaben, Sw. vapen, Goth. wpna, pl.; of uncertain origin. Cf. Wapentake.]

  3. Weapon(noun)

    a thorn, prickle, or sting with which many plants are furnished

    Etymology: [OE. wepen, AS. wpen; akin to OS. wpan, OFries. wpin, wpen, D. wapen, G. waffe, OHG. waffan, wfan, Icel. vpn, Dan. vaaben, Sw. vapen, Goth. wpna, pl.; of uncertain origin. Cf. Wapentake.]

Freebase

  1. Weapon

    A weapon, arm, or armament is any device used in order to inflict damage or harm to living beings, structures, or systems. Weapons are used to increase the efficacy and efficiency of activities such as hunting, crime, law enforcement, self-defense, and warfare. In a broader context, weapons may be construed to include anything used to gain a strategic, material or mental advantage over an adversary. While ordinary objects such as sticks, stones, cars, or pencils can be used as weapons, many are expressly designed for the purpose – ranging from simple implements such as clubs to swords and guns and on to complicated modern intercontinental ballistic missiles, biological and cyberweapons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Weapon

    wep′un, n. any instrument or organ of offence or defence.—adjs. Weap′oned; Weap′onless, having no weapons.—n. Weap′on-salve, a salve supposed to cure a wound by being applied to the weapon that made it. [A.S. wǽpen; Goth. wepna, arms, Ger. waffen and wappen.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. weapon

    An instrument of offensive or defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying or annoying an enemy.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weapon' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4557

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weapon' in Nouns Frequency: #777

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weapon in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weapon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of weapon in a Sentence

  1. Cedric Leighton:

    The FOAB is a thermobaric bomb, which means that its payload explodes at much higher temperatures, the result is that living things within the area of detonation are vaporized, making the FOAB a spectacularly terrible weapon.

  2. Tiffany James:

    (Branch) could have let go of me and ran away, which made me believe she also had a weapon.

  3. John Kerry:

    The Assad regime's horrifying pattern of using chlorine as a chemical weapon against the Syrian people underscores the importance of investigating this allegation as quickly as possible, as has been well documented.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    Iran should never under circumstances be allowed to get a nuclear weapon, there is clearly an opportunity now for Iran to come back into compliance with the nuclear deal... and to resume dialogue, as well as to cease its disruptive behavior in the region.

  5. Peter Guarraia:

    We are all over the place, a lot of our clients are asking, 'How do we turn our supply chains from a necessary evil into a competitive weapon?'.

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