- any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon.
- anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim: the deadly weapon of satire.
- Zoology. any part or organ serving for attack or defense, as claws, horns, teeth, or stings.
- to supply or equip with a weapon or weapons: to weapon aircraft with heat-seeking missiles.
Origin of weapon
Related Words for weaponpistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, catapult, dagger, spear, bayonet, ax, bludgeon, spike
Examples from the Web for weapon
Contemporary Examples of weapon
But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and faced 15 years prison time.Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested at New York’s Notorious Quad Studios
December 17, 2014
The $50,000 reward means a weapon was brandished to either the customers or the employees.Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS
December 13, 2014
Less than eight percent of sentenced federal women prisoners are there for violent crimes or weapon offenses.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
When Robert Haile pulled his own weapon, Brooks continued his stick-up.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of weapon
Robert hurried upstairs, and quickly returned with the weapon.Brave and Bold
It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
Aggie showed no trace of emotion as her glance ran over the weapon.
Now, he again brought out the weapon that had done Eddie Griggs to death.
He was armed with a stone hammer, which is no sort of weapon for a narrow passage.The Trail Book
- an object or instrument used in fighting
- anything that serves to outwit or get the better of an opponenthis power of speech was his best weapon
- any part of an animal that is used to defend itself, to attack prey, etc, such as claws, teeth, horns, or a sting
- a slang word for penis
Word Origin for weapon
Word Origin and History for weapon
Old English wæpen "instrument of fighting and defense," from Proto-Germanic *wæpnan (cf. Old Saxon wapan, Old Norse vapn, Danish vaaben, Old Frisian wepin, Middle Dutch wapen, Old High German waffen, German wafen (neuter), waffe (fem.)), from *webno-m, of unknown origin with no cognates outside Germanic.