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[myoo-nish-uh n]
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  1. Usually munitions. materials used in war, especially weapons and ammunition.
  2. material or equipment for carrying on any undertaking.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with munitions.
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Origin of munition

1525–35; < Latin mūnītiōn- (stem of mūnītiō) a fortifying, equivalent to mūnīt(us) fortified (see munite) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsun·mu·ni·tioned, adjective
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pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) military equipment and stores, esp ammunition
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  1. (tr) to supply with munitions
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Derived Formsmunitioner, noun

Word Origin

C16: via French from Latin mūnītiō fortification, from mūnīre to fortify. See ammunition
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Word Origin and History for munitions



mid-15c., from Middle French municion "fortification, defense, defensive wall" (14c.), from Latin munitionem (nominative munitio) "a defending, fortification, protecting," noun of action from past participle stem of munire "to fortify," from moenia "defensive walls," related to murus "wall" (see mural). By 1530s the sense had passed through "military stores" to become "ammunition."

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