Definition of arsenal in English:

arsenal

noun

  • 1A collection of weapons and military equipment stored by a country, person, or group.

    ‘Britain's nuclear arsenal’
    • ‘By then both countries had created small arsenals of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘Now each has an arsenal of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.’
    • ‘The US has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world.’
    • ‘Four years later, the United States and the former Soviet Union possessed more nuclear weapons in their arsenals than before Carter's arrival in the White House.’
    • ‘The 1968 treaty did nothing to reduce the arsenals of existing nuclear weapons powers.’
    • ‘Russia does, however, possess an arsenal of nuclear weapons that it inherited from the Soviet era.’
    • ‘With the collapse of the old Soviet regime their arsenal of nuclear and other Weapons of Mass Destruction was broken up and is steadily appearing on the black market.’
    • ‘Does a nuclear arsenal constitute a ‘deterrent in being’, ready to be deployed against any threat, large or small, from any direction?’
    • ‘It was deployed in January 1975, and integrated with the weapons arsenal in December 1975.’
    • ‘More than a year later, North Korea may have quadrupled its arsenal of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘The airplane was a new weapon in the military arsenal, and Douhet was one of a handful who saw its potential.’
    • ‘The determination of countries across the Middle East and Asia to develop nuclear arsenals and other weapons of mass destruction is laid bare by a secret British intelligence document.’
    • ‘The governments of the region are regarded by the terrorists as soft targets for the acquisition of raw materials for nuclear, chemical and biological weapons from arsenals left behind by the Cold War.’
    • ‘After all, in the last 40 years, more states have given up potential weapons programs than fielded nuclear arsenals.’
    • ‘So here's the question: if both countries do end up with serious arsenals of nuclear weapons, will conservatives conclude that there are worse things than bilateral talks after all?’
    • ‘Indeed, since the end of the Cold War, more states have actually given up their nuclear weapons arsenals than have created new ones.’
    • ‘He pointed out that Russia doesn't really need to join NATO because it possesses an arsenal of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘To an Army that depends on decisive overmatch, knowing as much as possible about the weapons in foreign arsenals is and will continue to be a significant advantage leading to decisive victories.’
    • ‘Won't we ever realize that a nuclear weapon in our arsenal is the last thing on the face of this earth that can bring us peace?’
    • ‘But the Allies rapidly improvised antidotes and embodied the weapon in their own arsenals, making the conduct of the war yet more complex and inhumane.’
    weapons, weaponry, arms, armaments
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    1. 1.1A place where weapons and military equipment are stored or made.
      • ‘AMC operates research, development, and engineering centers, the Army Research Laboratory, depots, arsenals, and ammunition plants.’
      • ‘AMC operates the research, development, and engineering centers; Army Research Laboratory; depots; arsenals; and ammunition plants.’
      • ‘Most shoulder-fired missiles sitting in arsenals today have a range of 11,000 to 15,000 feet.’
      • ‘All parts of the industrial base, including arsenals and depots, have been key to the ability to respond to the growing threat.’
      • ‘Early on, America became the arsenal as well as the granary for the Allied powers.’
      • ‘The earliest military museums were arsenals, but since many of these have since become famous military museums it is expedient to regard them as the forerunners of the genre.’
      • ‘You could spend the day exploring its halls, museums, galleries, chapel and arsenal.’
      • ‘AMC soldiers, civilians and contractors are busy working in forward locations as well as at depots, arsenals and laboratories here at home.’
      • ‘We did it with our industrial base using four depots, two arsenals and an ammo plant-a critical capability for our nation, showing that surge production really is a straight line to saving the lives of our warfighters.’
      • ‘That led to the second key decision, to send out much of this work to maintenance depots and arsenals in places like Watervliet, N.Y.’
      • ‘We know that the defense industrial base of the 21st century must consist of both private sector and public sector capabilities-our arsenals, depots and ammunition plants.’
      • ‘U.S. depots, arsenals, assembly plants, and distribution centers are located underground for increased security.’
      • ‘I also recognize that our government-owned production and maintenance facilities-our arsenals, depots and ammunition plants-are an important part of the total industrial base.’
      • ‘Young men, students and retired soldiers organized themselves in an attempt to take control of the weapons and arsenals of the military and police.’
      • ‘For industrial operations such as depots and arsenals, the Army will need to make greater use of partnerships with private companies to achieve the right mix of Government and commercial resources and capabilities.’
      • ‘At the end of the war, these supplies remained untouched in arsenals, warehouses, schools, and even Buddhist temples scattered throughout Japan.’
      • ‘U.S. seaports, airfields, depots, arsenals, defense contractor assembly plants, and distribution centers are difficult to secure and defend.’
    2. 1.2An array of resources available for a certain purpose.
      ‘an arsenal of computers at our disposal’
      • ‘Taking a page from his book, Fiorina could attempt to patch the soft spots in her computing arsenal with proceeds from the printer business.’
      • ‘Her attitude to the arsenal of cosmetic procedures that have recently become available is that you should shop around and find the right doctor for the job.’
      • ‘Like a magician, he produced an array of tricks from his arsenal as Listowel were put away by a superb act of sorcery on the stroke of half time.’
      • ‘The objective is to arm the nation's libraries with the most powerful tools in the IT arsenal.’
      • ‘It was amusing to watch as the band tried everything in their arsenal to garner some kind of response from the crowd.’
      • ‘Helped by the near-surrender of the home side, the Bulls were able to take full advantage of the space and unleash the full range of their arsenal on the embattled Halifax defences.’
      • ‘They may draw upon the arsenal of equitable remedies or processes available to enforce equitable rights.’
      • ‘A couple days ago, I came across a fantastic little addition to my arsenal of computer utilities.’
      • ‘It is there that the victim unleashes his entire arsenal of aggression, which has been stored up for just this occasion.’
      • ‘That is the entirety of your available arsenal.’
      • ‘The player also has several different types of deployable structures available in his arsenal.’
      • ‘On top of this he has a large arsenal of other gadgets to select for the remaining available slots.’
      • ‘Well, Quantum has stepped up with a new arsenal of security technology meant to keep data stored on tape devices safe via both simple locks and encryption.’
      • ‘The phrase was first coined in the 1970s, when the SEC had few resources and remedies in its arsenal.’
      • ‘The system works very well and what it all boils down to are frenzied matches with arsenals of moves available to those who take the time to learn the intricacies of the palate.’
      • ‘Drawing on the games kids play, this arsenal of artifacts from childhood is catalogued like a museum piece.’
      • ‘But the arsenal of restrictive tools available to states to retain capital inside their borders has also been weakened by globalization.’
      • ‘You're not Jennifer Garner, and you don't have an arsenal of people to help you.’
      • ‘Despite the availability of a large arsenal of antibiotics, the ability of bacteria to become resistant to antibacterial agents is amazing.’
      • ‘Each man now had his own take on the world, and a person's storehouse of knowledge and arsenal of techniques were the measure of the man.’

Origin

Early 16th century (denoting a dock for the construction and repair of ships): from French, or from obsolete Italian arzanale, based on Arabic dār-aṣ-ṣinā῾a, from dār house + al- (of) the + sinā῾a art, industry (from ṣana῾a make, fabricate).

Pronunciation:

arsenal

/ˈärs(ə)n(ə)l/