Definition of munition in English:

munition

plural noun

munitions
  • Military weapons, ammunition, equipment, and stores.

    ‘reserves of nuclear, chemical, and conventional munitions’
    ‘munition factories’
    • ‘Yet there is a danger that the use of cluster bombs and depleted uranium munitions will puncture all his talk of humanitarian action.’
    • ‘Increased Irish emigration to Britain during the 1940s supplied navvies, nurses, clerks, policemen and munition workers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At roughly the same time, military orders for depleted uranium munitions stopped too.’
    • ‘The Selectable Lightweight Attack Munition is an Army war reserve modernization munition designed to defeat vehicles and light armored targets.’
    • ‘Such systems require specialized support equipment and munitions uncommon in the Air Force.’
    • ‘And he took some munitions workers, some women who worked in munition plants in the United States.’
    • ‘The convoys were carrying arms, munitions and other equipment vital for the Russian Red Army, in their battle against the Nazis.’
    • ‘This base will also serve as administrative headquarters and contain warehouses to store munitions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore, it should be possible to develop a similar precision munition for rocket artillery.’
    • ‘Weapons, munitions and other equipment were all produced to support naval operations.’
    • ‘As far as business is concerned, a munitions order from the government is much like an order from a private customer.’
    • ‘Dual-purpose, improved conventional munitions were the munition of choice for killing tanks and personnel in the open.’
    • ‘From 1914, he applied them to the war effort, helping to clear production bottlenecks in munition factories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In their civilian jobs, they work for a contractor clearing weapons ranges of unexploded munitions.’
    • ‘If not handled properly, these munitions can kill Air Force personnel and destroy equipment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 28 percent of the United States Air Forces in Europe's munitions are stored at the site.’
    bullets, shells, projectiles, missiles, rounds, shot, slugs, cartridges, rockets, bombs, stores
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Supply with munitions.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

munition

/mjʊˈnɪʃ(ə)n/