Definition of weapon in US English:

weapon

noun

  • 1A thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage.

    ‘nuclear weapons’
    • ‘We should remember that the US is the only country ever to have used nuclear weapons in war.’
    • ‘Gorbachev understood the horror of nuclear weapons, and was resolved not to use them.’
    • ‘It was a careful, planned attack; the missiles and weapons used were top of the range.’
    • ‘I think it is important to separate the debates about nuclear power and nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘Both sides were assumed to be using nuclear weapons and to be about equal in strength.’
    • ‘On the contrary, their intention was to try to rid the country of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘The testing of nuclear weapons can have a devastating effect on the area where it takes place.’
    • ‘More and more nations are getting the ability to develop biological and nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘Use of so-called conventional bombs could so easily lead to the use of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘He said he had bought the weapon to defend himself because of the alleged robbery.’
    • ‘The potential danger of frying pans as weapons in domestic conflict is well established.’
    • ‘They threatened them with the weapons and demanded that they hand over the money.’
    • ‘The pirate leader was screaming in anger, trying to gain access to his remaining weapons.’
    • ‘Joe should be able to analyse this and determine what weapons caused the damage.’
    • ‘Nobody should be intimidated from making a stand against nuclear weapons and war.’
    • ‘The defendant refused to talk to him about the weapon or tell him where he had got it.’
    • ‘It was certainly damage that Drake had never seen inflicted by any traditional weapons.’
    • ‘Police later found a gas-operated rifle and sheath knife among weapons at his home.’
    • ‘No invasion against beaches defended with modern weapons had ever been tried before.’
    • ‘The Gulf War was the first time that depleted uranium weapons were used in conflict.’
    • ‘The end of the cold war has not resulted in the abolition of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘He said he was also concerned about the number of imitation weapons and air rifles in the county.’
    1. 1.1 A means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest.
      ‘resignation threats had long been a weapon in his armory’
      • ‘He had other weapons in his armoury and felt cheated that the battle had finished early.’
      • ‘It is simply one weapon in the armoury of those seeking to enforce the confiscation order.’
      • ‘Such films should be taken apart mercilessly with every weapon in the critical armoury.’
      • ‘Men and women have whole armouries of weapons and every night produces a different one.’
      • ‘When nations go to war, the public language of politics and the media becomes a weapon of conflict.’
      • ‘Race is the most potent weapon in their armoury and some in both the party and the electorate are not afraid to use it.’

Origin

Old English wǣp(e)n, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wapen and German Waffe.

Pronunciation

weapon

/ˈwɛpən//ˈwepən/