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[ahr-suh-nl, ahrs-nuh l] /ˈɑr sə nl, ˈɑrs nəl/
a place of storage or a magazine containing arms and military equipment for land or naval service.
a government establishment where military equipment or munitions are manufactured.
a collection or supply of weapons or munitions.
a collection or supply of anything; store:
He came to the meeting with an impressive arsenal of new research data.
Origin of arsenal
1500-10; (< Middle French) < Italian arzanale < Upper Italian (Venetian) arzanà dockyard < Arabic dār ṣināʿah workshop (literally, house of handwork); initial d probably taken as a form of the preposition di from Unabridged
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  • He was given a post in the library of the arsenal, where he served for half a century, becoming director in 1889.

  • At length the car stopped, and they passed into the arsenal grounds.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Morosini returned in triumph, bringing the Greek lions, which still stand in front of the arsenal.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Colonel Carvel was off early to the arsenal in search of tidings.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Accordingly, I smoothed my brow, and on the coach stopping at the arsenal, I descended with my usual face of preoccupation.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • How Lyon chafed, and paced the arsenal walks while he might have saved the state.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for arsenal


a store for arms, ammunition, and other military items
a workshop or factory that produces munitions
a store of anything regarded as weapons: an arsenal of destructive arguments
Word Origin
C16: from Italian arsenale dockyard, from the original Venetian arsenal dockyard and naval store, from Arabic dār sīn`ah, from dār house + sīn`ah manufacture
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Word Origin and History for arsenal

c.1500, "dockyard, dock with naval stores," from Italian arzenale, from Arabic dar as-sina'ah "workshop," literally "house of manufacture," from dar "house" + sina'ah "art, craft, skill," from sana'a "he made."

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, where the original players worked.

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