- 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.
Origin of ammunition
Examples from the Web for ammunitions
They had taken arms and ammunitions where such things were to be found.Lady Bountiful
George A. Birmingham
He is to go for wheat to the coast of Brittany, and for ammunitions to England.
Arms and ammunitions were also procured, but these were, as was usual, to be delivered to the steamer on the high seas.The History of Cuba, vol. 3
Willis Fletcher Johnson
Not only were monetary transactions to a vast amount carried on, but large purchases were made of arms and ammunitions of war.The Golden Grasshopper
Even the sending of such servants provided with arms, ammunitions and food was likewise rewarded.The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;
John R. Musick
- 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
Word Origin and History for ammunitions
1620s, from French soldiers' faulty separation of Middle French la munition into l'ammunition; from Latin munitionem (nominative munitio) "a fortifying" (see munition), and at first meaning all military supplies in general. The mistake in the word perhaps was by influence of French a(d)monition "warning." The error was corrected in French (Modern French munition), but retained in English.