Definition of armament in US English:



also armaments
  • 1Military weapons and equipment.

    ‘chemical weapons and other unconventional armaments’
    • ‘In fact, missile armament formally does not include weapons and special armament delivery vehicles and weapon use control systems.’
    • ‘At the same time, the Turkish military was systematically provided with armaments by the US and Western Europe.’
    • ‘The development of some of the most vital weapons in our armament stems from open, unclassified fundamental scientific research abroad.’
    • ‘The military armament bureau is designed to integrate weaponry research and manufacturing as well as logistical components of the military, but if it is to operate as planned, several branches of the military are likely to disappear.’
    • ‘That is likely to continue unless there is a general reduction of armaments in the area.’
    • ‘The configuration of each particular complex and their specifications predetermine the quality of the missile and artillery armament system on all levels as a whole.’
    • ‘The ministry's procurement bureau, which was on an equal footing with the military armament bureau, will be downgraded and become the bureau's procurement center.’
    • ‘American squadrons in France had to use British or French armament and equipment, even though one of the most effective Allied weapons was the Lewis gun, an American design manufactured in Europe.’
    • ‘German soldiers with fixed bayonets guard the water and electricity works, armament factories, railway stations and post offices.’
    • ‘Anti-tank weapons, the main armament of Infantry Fighting Vehicles or Main Battle Tanks can be used to blast positions with direct fire.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the continuation of military armaments in their present extent will with certainty lead to new catastrophes.’
    • ‘The 1972 SALT I Treaty is an example of an agreement that sanctioned increases in armaments while limiting the forces that could be developed in the future.’
    • ‘Would you be happy knowing your cash could effectively be funding businesses that provide armaments for oppressive regimes?’
    • ‘What is more, it is now possible to make bioproducts that can target and destroy an enemy's armaments and food and water sources.’
    • ‘Once they were in close, they could deliver devastating fire from their cannon and rocket armament; only a few hits could bring down a heavy bomber.’
    • ‘The U.S. Navy qualified AEREA as a maintenance center for armament equipment and pylons for the Harrier II Plus.’
    • ‘There were industries (including armament factories) there too but the city's main function was as an administrative, transportation and communication centre.’
    • ‘The conspirators believed they would be able to use Nazi gold, plundered from murdered Jewish families, to fund the build up of armaments and reorganise the military.’
    • ‘Two thousand mostly female workers carry out a ten-hour night shift at an armaments factory dedicated to making tank parts.’
    • ‘Much higher shares than this have been earned by traditional government suppliers in construction, transport materials, armaments and telecoms equipment.’
    • ‘His first war appointment was to oversee the construction of armament factories and military installations.’
    • ‘Today's forces, equipped with great technology and sophisticated armaments, are offensive forces.’
    • ‘She assured the soldiers that they would be provided with the ‘most modern armaments, equipment and technology’.’
    • ‘The main armament is a ATK Ammunition Systems (formerly Boeing Ordnance) 25 mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun.’
    • ‘The plane passed the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, where Wallis developed the bombs at the Vickers armaments factory.’
    • ‘The massive spending by all nations on armaments and hideous weapons like cluster bombs, land mines, etc, must be questioned.’
    • ‘The build-up of armaments is part of the broadest repositioning of US forces worldwide since the end of the Korean War more than 50 years ago.’
    • ‘Arms control is a relative concept to limit certain types of weaponry or to reduce armament levels by stabilising relations among rival states in order to discourage an arms race or an attack.’
    arms, weapons, weapons of war, weaponry, firearms, guns, ordnance, cannon, artillery, munitions, instruments of war, war machines, military supplies, materiel
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    1. 1.1 The process of equipping military forces for war.
      • ‘There was only one question on which the summit was quickly united - military armament.’
      • ‘As far as the SMT are concerned, for example, the main equipment is about missile armament (nuclear missile weapons and their technical operation assets).’
      • ‘Soviet assistance enabled Afghanistan to improve the structure, armament, training, and command and control system of its armed forces.’
      • ‘It was necessary to build a conventional ARVN in order to meet that threat, as well as to act against guerrilla forces which were increasing in strength and armament, provided by North Vietnam.’
      • ‘Canada and the United States see further armament as a solution to these problems rather than questioning why violence is abhorrent against us and justified against others.’
      • ‘For instance, if North Korea decides to ratchet up its military armament, then Japan is going to follow suit,’ he said.’
      • ‘Dandala said the council would urge the government to move away from regarding weapons and armament as a top priority while millions of people were without food. - Sapa Eastern Cape South Africa Foreign Business’
      • ‘A defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the brigade in Taichung is expected to be targeted because it is inferior to its counterpart in armament and combat readiness.’
      • ‘It wants to be in charge of ‘supervising the armament and disarmament of Kurdish groups’ and of ‘restricting the movement’ of Kurdish forces where necessary.’
      • ‘This, in turn, brought her into conflict with her husband and the government who were in favour of more armament to counter the threat of communism.’
      • ‘We are still in the process of ensuring that this armament is not sectarian in nature.’
      • ‘‘The likelihood of violence increases as one moves toward the armament of both of the coalitions and thus the militarization of the conflict.’’
      • ‘As governments attempt to avail themselves of the huge amounts of funds required for military armament, social welfare and social balance are seen as an unnecessary encumbrance.’
      • ‘Just before the war the British had begun converting old fleet destroyers into specialized escort vessels with A-A and enhanced anti-submarine armament, and this process continued with older destroyers into the war years.’
      • ‘This was because the disposition and armament of the armed forces had been for centuries in the exclusive discretion of the Crown.’
    2. 1.2archaic A military force equipped for war.


Late 17th century (in the sense ‘force equipped for war’): from Latin armamentum, from armare ‘to arm’ (see arm).