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From Latin mūnitiō (a defence, fortification) via French munition.


munition (plural munitions)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) Materials of war: armaments, weapons and ammunition.
    • 1918, Upton Sinclair, The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation Book 7.:
      Just as we can say that an English girl who leaves the narrow circle of her old life, and goes into a munition factory and joins a union and takes part in its debates, will never after be a docile home-slave; so we can say that the clergyman who helps in Y. M. C. A. work in France, or in Red Cross organization in America, will be less the bigot and formalist forever after.
  2. (chiefly in the plural, military, NATO) Bombs, rockets, missiles (complete explosive devices, in contrast to e.g. guns).
  3. (rare, obsolete) A tower or fortification.
    • 1610, Douay-Rheims Bible, Habacuc 2:1
      I wil stand vpon my watch, and fixe my steppe vpon the munition: and I wil behold, to see what may be sayd to me, and what I may answer to him that rebuketh me.

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munition (third-person singular simple present munitions, present participle munitioning, simple past and past participle munitioned)

  1. (transitive) To supply with munitions.
    • 1939, Philip George Chadwick, The Death Guard, page 154:
      Why was I there, munitioning, blacklegging, slaving as though my bread depended on it?

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Borrowed from Latin mūnitiō, from mūniō.


  • IPA(key): /ɔ̃/
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munition f (plural munitions)

  1. ammunition (weaponry)

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Generally used in the plural.


  • English: munition

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