weapon

[ wep-uh n ]
/ ˈwɛp ən /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to supply or equip with a weapon or weapons: to weapon aircraft with heat-seeking missiles.

Origin of weapon

before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wǣpen; cognate with German Waffe, Old Norse vāpn, Gothic wēpna (plural)

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weapon

/ (ˈwɛpən) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

weaponed, adjectiveweaponless, adjective

Word Origin for weapon

Old English wǣpen; related to Old Norse vápn, Old Frisian wēpen, Old High German wāffan
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