Definition of weapon in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈwɛp(ə)n/


1A thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage: nuclear weapons
More example sentences
  • Both sides were assumed to be using nuclear weapons and to be about equal in strength.
  • It was certainly damage that Drake had never seen inflicted by any traditional weapons.
  • We should remember that the US is the only country ever to have used nuclear weapons in war.
1.1A means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest: resignation threats had long been a weapon in his armoury
More example sentences
  • When nations go to war, the public language of politics and the media becomes a weapon of conflict.
  • Men and women have whole armouries of weapons and every night produces a different one.
  • He had other weapons in his armoury and felt cheated that the battle had finished early.



Example sentences
  • You've got to be weaponed to live and to survive in the Detroit underground.


Example sentences
  • Others, weaponless, filed in through the open door, their faces masks of shock.
  • The modern sportive form of wrestling, an individual weaponless combat activity, probably developed in prehistory from survival fighting, when it became convenient to replace death or serious injury with a more symbolic victory.
  • Basically, when you're up close and weaponless against an opponent, you can do one of several movie-style actions where you reverse the situation with fancy reflexes, take their gun and shoot them.


Old English wǣp(e)n, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wapen and German Waffe.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.