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ammunition

[ am-yuh-nish-uhn ]
/ ˌæm yəˈnɪʃ ən /
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noun

the material fired, scattered, dropped, or detonated from any weapon, as bombs or rockets, and especially shot, shrapnel, bullets, or shells fired by guns.
the means of igniting or exploding such material, as primers, fuzes, and gunpowder.
any material, means, weapons, etc., used in any conflict: a crude ammunition of stones.
information, advice, or supplies to help defend or attack a viewpoint, argument, or claim: Give me some ammunition for the debate.
Obsolete. any military supplies.

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Origin of ammunition

1620–30; <Middle French amonitions, amunitions (plural) military supplies (a-a-5 + munition<Latin; see munition), or <French la munition, wrongly analyzed as l'amunition
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British Dictionary definitions for ammunition

ammunition
/ (ˌæmjʊˈnɪʃən) /

noun

any projectiles, such as bullets, rockets, etc, that can be discharged from a weapon
bombs, missiles, chemicals, biological agents, nuclear materials, etc, capable of use as weapons
any means of defence or attack, as in an argument
C17: from obsolete French amunition, by mistaken division from earlier la munition; see munition
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