Definition of armoured in English:


(US armored)


  • 1Covered with or protected by armour.

    ‘armoured vehicles’
    • ‘The Ozelot Weapon System is built on the Wiesel 2 small armoured tracked vehicle.’
    • ‘It is a tracked, armoured, amphibious vehicle designed to engage armoured ground and air targets while stationary, on the move and afloat.’
    • ‘The soldier selects top attack mode to engage tanks and armoured vehicles in order to strike the least armoured area on the vehicle's roof.’
    • ‘The powerful blast tore through the steel reinforced Warrior armoured fighting vehicle the troops were travelling in, blowing the wheels off on one side and forcing it into a ditch.’
    • ‘Witnesses said US troops riding in jeeps and armoured vehicles opened fire after children in the crowd started pelting them with shoes and stones.’
    • ‘Boffins at Britain's Ministry of Defence have invented an electric ‘force field’ designed to protect armoured vehicles against anti-tank grenades.’
    • ‘Stormer 30 is a highly mobile armoured reconnaissance vehicle and light tank.’
    • ‘However, a new generation of young officers embraced the idea of a fast moving war based on armoured vehicles supported by air power.’
    • ‘The armoured vehicle is protected against 14.5 mm heavy machine gun rounds and artillery splinters.’
    • ‘The army sent in armoured troop carriers and artillery into Racak, Petroovo, Malopoljce and Renaja.’
    • ‘The division's long columns of trucks and Humvee armoured vehicles avoided Iraqi army and paramilitary units as they pushed north on Thursday and Friday.’
    • ‘Military vehicles on display will include a Ferret an armoured scout car British and American jeeps and wartime motorbikes.’
    • ‘The armoured vehicles are heavily protected by grilles to prevent damage from missiles and petrol bombs.’
    • ‘In-line transmission is by four central axles protected by armoured housings.’
    • ‘Corporal Jones was on an operational tour in East Timor and was travelling in the rear of an armoured vehicle at the time of the incident.’
    • ‘Soldiers in armoured vehicles and Humvees cordoned off the area.’
    • ‘Some 24 ships, 23,000 military personnel, 400 armoured vehicles and a squadron of fighter-bombers are involved.’
    • ‘The Cavalry commander had the armoured cars with him and was later reinforced by 1,500 infantry soldiers who were sent forward in Ford cars.’
    • ‘The drivetrain and steering linkages are protected within the armoured hull.’
    armour-plated, steel-plated, ironclad, mailed
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  • 2(of some animals and plants) having a protective layer or shell.

    ‘armoured fish’
    • ‘The Galeaspida are a strange group of armored fishes possessing a massive, flattened, one-piece bony shield.’
    • ‘The extinct armored fishes known as placoderms make up what is considered to be the earliest branch of the gnathostome family tree - the earliest branch of the jawed fishes.’
    • ‘Remains of ostraderms (jawless, armored fish) from Ordovician rocks comprise some of the oldest vertebrate fossils.’
    • ‘Thyreophora includes the various armored dinosaurs, like Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus.’
    • ‘Halkieriids were sluglike metazoans armored with a coat of mineralized sclerites and two prominent shells at either end.’
    • ‘The other family with extraordinary bacteriomes is Diaspididae, the armored scale insects.’
    • ‘For as long as they were there, no crocodile or armored herbivorous or general carnivorous dinosaur could grow very big.’
    • ‘Crabs are nocturnal and cautious with an armoured shell and soft, fleshy insides.’
    • ‘During the Late Permian they evolved huge, heavily armored herbivores, the pareiasaurs.’
    • ‘The aetosaurs, or Stagonolepididae, were large herbivorous armoured archosaurs, and an important characteristic part of Late Triassic faunas.’
    • ‘And while jawless vertebrates were present in the Cambrian, it was not until the Ordovician that armored fish became common enough to leave a rich fossil record.’
    • ‘The scales are covered with ganoin, a dense shiny substance like enamel, which gives the fish an archaic armoured appearance and makes it rather clumsy.’
    • ‘With its armoured shell, thick leathery skin and slow movement, the turtle is one of the most easily recognized creatures on earth.’
    • ‘These include a few armoured fishes and a unique, whole-bodied ‘shark’ found at Grahamstown.’
    • ‘Although the head and thorax were usually armored with dermal bone, the rest of the body was quite vulnerable, covered with small bony scales or lacking even that.’
    • ‘Instead it relies on a heavily armored exoskeleton and spines that effectively increase its size many times over.’
    • ‘Most mollusks have such tissue, but in this armored species, the gland is about 100 times the size of that found in related species.’
    • ‘Some of the species that terror birds may have preyed on were heavily armored.’
    • ‘The heavily armored fish from the Devonian became extinct, being replaced with fish fauna that look more modern.’
    • ‘Benthic armored fish are common by the Early Devonian.’