Definition of munition in English:


plural noun

  • Military weapons, ammunition, equipment, and stores.

    ‘reserves of nuclear, chemical, and conventional munitions’
    ‘munition factories’
    • ‘Such systems require specialized support equipment and munitions uncommon in the Air Force.’
    • ‘Increased Irish emigration to Britain during the 1940s supplied navvies, nurses, clerks, policemen and munition workers.’
    • ‘At roughly the same time, military orders for depleted uranium munitions stopped too.’
    • ‘Dual-purpose, improved conventional munitions were the munition of choice for killing tanks and personnel in the open.’
    • ‘The Japanese navy maximized these characteristics by developing thin-skinned shells, allowing a far greater percentage of the munition's weight to be made of explosives, which produced a much greater bursting effect.’
    • ‘Yet there is a danger that the use of cluster bombs and depleted uranium munitions will puncture all his talk of humanitarian action.’
    • ‘The convoys were carrying arms, munitions and other equipment vital for the Russian Red Army, in their battle against the Nazis.’
    • ‘If not handled properly, these munitions can kill Air Force personnel and destroy equipment.’
    • ‘Weapons, munitions and other equipment were all produced to support naval operations.’
    • ‘In their civilian jobs, they work for a contractor clearing weapons ranges of unexploded munitions.’
    • ‘About 28 percent of the United States Air Forces in Europe's munitions are stored at the site.’
    • ‘We are testing an MLRS rocket in which we have replaced the rocket's individual submunitions with a single explosive munition and have matched it with a guidance system.’
    • ‘The main line of its improvement should be a rational integration of munition factories and a reduction in their total number through conversion and restructuring.’
    • ‘Therefore, it should be possible to develop a similar precision munition for rocket artillery.’
    • ‘Using metal scrap and the steel swarf turned out from munition factories, blending in nickel, vanadium and manganese they created the high-speed tool steels that the arms factories were crying out for.’
    • ‘And he took some munitions workers, some women who worked in munition plants in the United States.’
    • ‘As far as business is concerned, a munitions order from the government is much like an order from a private customer.’
    • ‘From 1914, he applied them to the war effort, helping to clear production bottlenecks in munition factories.’
    • ‘This base will also serve as administrative headquarters and contain warehouses to store munitions.’
    • ‘The Selectable Lightweight Attack Munition is an Army war reserve modernization munition designed to defeat vehicles and light armored targets.’
    bullets, shells, projectiles, missiles, rounds, shot, slugs, cartridges, rockets, bombs, stores
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  • Supply with munitions.

    ‘it never had the defence industry necessary to equip or munition its forces’


Late Middle English (denoting a granted right or privilege): from French, from Latin munitio(n-) ‘fortification’, from munire ‘fortify or secure’.