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weapon

Syllabification: weap·on
Pronunciation: /ˈwepən
 
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Definition of weapon in English:

noun

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 armory
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

weaponed

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • You've got to be weaponed to live and to survive in the Detroit underground.

weaponless

2
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with weapon

hempen

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