[ awrd-nuh ns ]
/ ˈɔrd nəns /


cannon or artillery.
military weapons with their equipment, ammunition, etc.
the branch of an army that procures, stores, and issues, weapons, munitions, and combat vehicles and maintains arsenals for their development and testing.


Origin of ordnance

First recorded in 1620–30; syncopated variant of ordinance
Can be confusedordinance ordnance ordonnance
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/ (ˈɔːdnəns) /


cannon or artillery
military supplies; munitions
the ordnance a department of an army or government dealing with military supplies

Word Origin for ordnance

C14: variant of ordinance
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