[ ahr-muh-muhnt ]
See synonyms for armament on
  1. the arms and equipment with which a military unit or military apparatus is supplied.

  2. a land, sea, or air force equipped for war.

  1. Usually armaments. military strength collectively: the armaments race; a country without armaments.

  2. the process of equipping or arming for war.

Origin of armament

1690–1700; <Latin armāmenta fittings, equivalent to armā(re) to fit out (see arm2) + -menta (plural) -ment

Other words from armament

  • non·ar·ma·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use armament in a sentence

  • In this talk he said that modern wars are due to mutual distrust on the part of the nations and great armaments.

    Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
  • This was the explanation of the appalling armaments in northern Spain, beyond the Ebro.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • Here, it is said, he often wandered "among the many spoils of marbles brought by the armaments of Pisa to this city."

  • Literary criticism, armaments, tariffs, manners—there was no end to it.

    The Worshippers | Damon Francis Knight
  • As a counsellor he exerted commanding weight on two main branches of national policy, Ireland and armaments.

    Sir Walter Ralegh | William Stebbing

British Dictionary definitions for armament


/ (ˈɑːməmənt) /

  1. (often plural) the weapon equipment of a military vehicle, ship, or aircraft

  2. a military force raised and armed ready for war

  1. preparation for war involving the production of equipment and arms

Origin of armament

C17: from Latin armāmenta utensils, from armāre to equip

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