verb (used with object)
- armor plate,
Origin of armor
Examples from the Web for armoured
The armoured plates on the undamaged places on bombers, cut down losses by something like 30 per cent.
French troops in armoured personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Kidal in northern Mali on Wednesday.No Quick Fix For Mali: French Troops Can’t End Crisis|William Lloyd George|January 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the straggling line battleships and cruisers, armoured and unarmoured, were mingled together.
In the centre were the two little battleships, with the armoured cruisers, "Lai-yuen" and "King-yuen," to right and left of them.
No man fought an armoured motor car more gallantly and successfully than Commander Sampson, the famous airman.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 3 (of 10)|James Edward Parrott
I took advantage of his escort to carry out a long-cherished desire to see the wreck of the armoured train at Kraipann.South African Memories|Lady Sarah Wilson
It had been one of the tenets of war that armoured ships were more than a match for shore batteries.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.|Percy F. Westerman
c.1300, "mail, defensive covering worn in combat," also "means of protection," from Old French armeure "weapons, armor" (12c.), from Latin armatura "arms, equipment," from arma "arms, gear" (see arm (n.2)). Figurative use from mid-14c.
Meaning "military equipment generally," especially siege engines, is late 14c. The word might have died with jousting if not for late 19c. transference to metal-shielded machinery beginning with U.S. Civil War ironclads (first attested in this sense in an 1855 report from the U.S. Congressional Committee on Naval Affairs).
mid-15c., from armor (n.). Related: Armored; armoring.
see chink in one's armor; knight in shining armor.