Definition of weapon in English:



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

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


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