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weapon

[wep-uh n] /ˈwɛp ən/
noun
1.
any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon.
2.
anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim:
the deadly weapon of satire.
3.
Zoology. any part or organ serving for attack or defense, as claws, horns, teeth, or stings.
verb (used with object)
4.
to supply or equip with a weapon or weapons:
to weapon aircraft with heat-seeking missiles.
Origin of weapon
900
before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wǣpen; cognate with German Waffe, Old Norse vāpn, Gothic wēpna (plural)
Related forms
weaponed, adjective
weaponless, adjective
outweaponed, adjective
superweapon, noun
unweaponed, adjective
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  • He hesitated, with his finger upon the switch-button of the weapon.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • All he could do was to stare into the muzzle of that weapon.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • So thick is the skin, that a bayonet is almost the only weapon which can pierce it.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • Clif took the risk of trusting the man, and went on, leaving him with the weapon.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • But he was not skilful in using his weapon or managing his horse.

British Dictionary definitions for weapon

weapon

/ˈwɛpən/
noun
1.
an object or instrument used in fighting
2.
anything that serves to outwit or get the better of an opponent: his power of speech was his best weapon
3.
any part of an animal that is used to defend itself, to attack prey, etc, such as claws, teeth, horns, or a sting
4.
a slang word for penis
Derived Forms
weaponed, adjective
weaponless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wǣpen; related to Old Norse vápn, Old Frisian wēpen, Old High German wāffan
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Word Origin and History for weapon
n.

Old English wæpen "instrument of fighting and defense," from Proto-Germanic *wæpnan (cf. Old Saxon wapan, Old Norse vapn, Danish vaaben, Old Frisian wepin, Middle Dutch wapen, Old High German waffen, German wafen (neuter), waffe (fem.)), from *webno-m, of unknown origin with no cognates outside Germanic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for weapon

weapon

noun

The penis (1000+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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