ammunition


ammunition
ammunition (n.) 1620s, from French soldiers' faulty separation of M.Fr. la munition into l'ammunition; from L. munitionem (nom. munitio) "a fortifying" (see MUNITION (Cf. munition)), and at first meaning all military supplies in general. The mistake in the word perhaps was by influence of Fr. a(d)monition "warning." The error was corrected in French (Mod.Fr. munition), but retained in English.

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  • Ammunition — Am mu*ni tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ammunitioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ammunitioning}.] To provide with ammunition. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ammunition — Am mu*ni tion, n. [F. amunition, for munition, prob. caused by taking la munition as l amunition. See {Munition}.] 1. Military stores, or provisions of all kinds for attack or defense. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Articles used in charging firearms… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ammunition — [am΄yo͞o nish′ən, am΄yənish′ən] n. [Fr amunition, by faulty separation of la munition: see MUNITIONS] 1. Obs. any military supplies 2. anything hurled by a weapon or exploded as a weapon, as bullets, gunpowder, shot, shells, bombs, grenades,… …   English World dictionary

  • Ammunition — (v. lat.), so v.w. Munition …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ammunition — Ammunition, soviel wie Munition …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ammunition — Ammunition, was Munition, Schießbedarf …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • ammunition — I noun apparatus belli, armament, armature, arms, ballistics, cartridges, charge, defense, deterrent, explosive, firearms, gunnery, gunpowder, materials of combat, means of attack, muniment, munition, panoply, propellants, provisions, weapons II… …   Law dictionary

  • ammunition — artillery, materiel, munitions, *armament, ordnance, arms …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ammunition — [n] projectiles for weaponry ammo*, armament, ball, bomb, buckshot, bullet, cannonball, cartridge, charge, chemical, confetti*, explosive, fuse, grenade, gunpowder, iron rations*, materiel, missile, munition, napalm, powder, rocket, round, shell …   New thesaurus

  • ammunition — ► NOUN 1) a supply or quantity of bullets and shells. 2) points used to support one s case in argument. ORIGIN from French la munition the fortification …   English terms dictionary


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