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arsenal

[ ahr-suh-nl, ahrs-nuhl ]
/ ˈɑr sə nl, ˈɑrs nəl /
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noun

a place of storage or a magazine containing arms and military equipment for land or naval service.
a government establishment where military equipment or munitions are manufactured.
a collection or supply of weapons or munitions.
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
/ (ˈɑːsənəl) /

noun

a store for arms, ammunition, and other military items
a workshop or factory that produces munitions
a store of anything regarded as weaponsan arsenal of destructive arguments

Word Origin for arsenal

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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