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arsenal

[ahr-suh-nl, ahrs-nuh l]
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noun
  1. a place of storage or a magazine containing arms and military equipment for land or naval service.
  2. a government establishment where military equipment or munitions are manufactured.
  3. a collection or supply of weapons or munitions.
  4. a collection or supply of anything; store: He came to the meeting with an impressive arsenal of new research data.
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Origin of arsenal

1500–10; (< Middle French) < Italian arzanale < Upper Italian (Venetian) arzanà dockyard < Arabic dār ṣināʿah workshop (literally, house of handwork); initial d probably taken as a form of the preposition di from
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British Dictionary definitions for arsenal

arsenal

noun
  1. a store for arms, ammunition, and other military items
  2. a workshop or factory that produces munitions
  3. a store of anything regarded as weaponsan arsenal of destructive arguments
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Word Origin

C16: from Italian arsenale dockyard, from the original Venetian arsenal dockyard and naval store, from Arabic dār sīn`ah, from dār house + sīn`ah manufacture
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Word Origin and History for arsenal

n.

c.1500, "dockyard, dock with naval stores," from Italian arzenale, from Arabic dar as-sina'ah "workshop," literally "house of manufacture," from dar "house" + sina'ah "art, craft, skill," from sana'a "he made."

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, where the original players worked.

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