Definition of ammunition in English:

ammunition

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A supply or quantity of bullets and shells.

    ‘guns, ammunition, and explosives’
    [as modifier] ‘an ammunition dump’
    • ‘The hospital official said the shell was ammunition for either a rocket or mortar.’
    • ‘Both gunner and commander are able to fire the gun and select the type of ammunition to be fired.’
    • ‘The way ammunition is made today is very much as it was done a hundred or more years ago.’
    • ‘Guns, grenades, knives and several rounds of ammunition were also found in the house.’
    • ‘Not only has he wasted ammunition, but he's probably given you a good idea of where he is.’
    • ‘The operation was carried out after the theft of two guns and live ammunition during a burglary.’
    • ‘The maximum penalty for illegally possessing a gun or ammunition is up to ten years in prison or a fine, or both.’
    • ‘He is suspected of being a hired hitman able to supply guns and ammunition to contacts in the criminal underworld.’
    • ‘Three men were being questioned by detectives today after a gun and ammunition were found dumped in bushes.’
    • ‘Low on ammunition, he marked a sixth bunker with smoke for Cobra gun ships to attack.’
    • ‘If you take over a gun shop, then the shop will supply you with ammunition.’
    • ‘By the winter artillery ammunition had been rationed to one or two shells per gun per day.’
    • ‘She took a few of the napkins and discreetly pushed the gun and ammunition into her lap.’
    • ‘Large quantities of ammunition and supplies had been stockpiled there.’
    • ‘Local hardware stores were broken into to supply arms and ammunition.’
    • ‘In one media report, a ramp worker was even caught with a duffel bag of ammunition and a gun at work.’
    • ‘The weapon used was a pump action shot gun and a large quantity of ammunition was later found around the house and in the outbuildings.’
    • ‘They are made of high buoyancy foam and will float with guns and ammunition inside.’
    • ‘Clean out the local gun shop's supply of ammunition and make a last stand, of course!’
    • ‘His leather-bound, regimental guns were the first to fire fixed ammunition with wooden cases.’
    bullets, shells, projectiles, missiles, rounds, shot, slugs, cartridges, rockets, bombs, stores
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    1. 1.1Considerations that can be used to support one's case in debate.
      ‘these figures provide ammunition to the argument for more resources’
      • ‘But it provides more ammunition to those opposed to American corporate globalisation.’
      • ‘His 19 years in the Senate have provided plenty of ammunition for critics to portray him as inconsistent.’
      • ‘Concern about injuries has provided further ammunition for those who want cheering recognised as a sport.’
      • ‘During the detente era, the Soviets were careful not to give the West too much propaganda ammunition.’
      • ‘It also provided enormous ammunition for those who were suspicious of her overall motives and plans.’
      • ‘Instead of silencing his critics, it's more likely to provide them with further ammunition.’
      • ‘His only consolation is that each setback provides ammunition for his songwriting.’
      • ‘It provides welcome ammunition to acquire more shares when prices look attractive.’
      • ‘Yet the squad still retains some of the frailties which provided the ammunition for the critics.’
      • ‘It would provide ammunition to those who want to dismiss or minimize genuine antisemitic acts.’
      • ‘He likes two tackling midfielders in the centre with a couple of runners out wide providing ammunition for the forwards.’
      • ‘First, never ask what they would like to wear - it'll only provide them with ammunition.’
      • ‘It has also provided ammunition for those who believe that simplicity equates with truth.’
      • ‘She said her group has found a lot more support and may have more ammunition with which to fight.’
      • ‘Perhaps they are really ready to go for it: on this evidence, they have the ammunition.’
      • ‘In fact, it most likely gives them more ammunition to strengthen their case.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete French amunition, alteration (by wrong division) of la munition the munition (see munition).

Pronunciation:

ammunition

/amjʊˈnɪʃ(ə)n/