munition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v munition supply with weapons
    • n munition defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
    • n munition military supplies
    • n munition weapons considered collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1915, Winston Churchill fought in the front line trenches before he became the Minister of Munitions.
    • Munition Fortification; stronghold. "His place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks."
    • Munition Whatever materials are used in war for defense or for annoying an enemy; ammunition; also, stores and provisions; military stores of all kinds. "The bodies of men, munition , and money, may justly be called the sinews of war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n munition Fortification.
    • n munition Materials used in war for defense or for attack; war material; military stores of all kinds; ammunition; provisions: often in the plural.
    • n munition Figuratively, material for the carrying out of any enterprise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Munition materials used in war: military stores of all kinds:
    • n Munition (B.) stronghold, fortress
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., munition of war, L. munitio, a fortifying, fortification, fr. munire, to fortify, defend with a wall; cf. moenia, walls, murus,for moirus,) a wall, and Skr. mi, to fix, make firm. Cf. Ammunition
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. munimentum, from munīre, -itum, to fortify—mænia, walls.

Usage

In literature:

Why, the munition workers and the forty-shilling-a-week girls.
"Women's Wild Oats" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Into the circle of munition producers have been drawn cycle and motor, machinery, electrical, and many other branches of manufacture.
"The World in Chains" by John Mavrogordato
This was our first visit to a munition plant and we were cautioned to be careful in what we might record concerning what we saw.
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
Its manufactures are general and numerous, but the chief ones are those concerned in making munitions of war.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Much of the relief and munitioning of the fighting lines was done at night.
"The Old Front Line" by John Masefield
Under their driving stimulus shells and munitions began to pour out at an enormous rate.
"Lloyd George" by Frank Dilnot
Especially the makers of munitions and armaments are credited with a baneful influence in the world.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
That first city was a giant munitions plant.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Don Ramon and his men are gathering at Velova, and they want our munition badly there.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
That night the whole force of the enemy retreated in such haste that they left many stores and munitions behind them.
"Stories Of Ohio 1897" by William Dean Howells
A good general always takes care that his army is well supplied with munitions of war.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston
But that line apparently did not suit the book of the Minister of Munitions.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
The dependence of the United States upon the Allies for equipment and munitions does not deserve the vitriolic anathemas of certain critics.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
It was growing dusk, and lights leaped out on the munition factories all about them.
"The Search" by Grace Livingston Hill
The garrison was amply provisioned for five or six months, and well provided with weapons, stores, and munitions.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
For by men like Bough and his associates vast supplies of munitions and engines of war were wormed through.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
But the Capitol, under the relentless lobbying of the munitions interests, was trying to find a way to get a war started.
"Minor Detail" by John Michael Sharkey
Poor supply of munitions.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Russia of the steppes and the multitudes of men was short of munitions; her plants were incapable of making sufficient supplies.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
So there will be no trouble with the munition ship getting clear.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
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In news:

The Colorado Department of Transportation every winter lobs 50-year-old munitions into snowy basins to trigger manageable avalanches before they threaten travelers.
The Sudanese government blames Israel for an explosion at a munitions plant in Khartoum.
George Bernard Shaw's 1905 comedy, about an heiress who joins the Salvation Army and tangles with her munitions-maker father, has never really gone out of style.
Cleanup continues at Louisiana munitions plant.
Cleanup continues at Louisiana munitions plant.
Turkey, making it the only country worldwide to use the weapons this year, and is increasingly dropping cluster munitions on civilian areas, campaigners said on Thursday.
The 23d Civil Engineer Squadron Explosives Ordnance Disposal team will detonate numerous munitions today at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range.
The 23d Civil Engineer Squadron Explosives Ordinance Disposal team will detonate numerous munitions at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range on Nov 8, 2012.
Showed gunman in front of dozens of green wooden boxes apparently full of munitions.
Video showed gunman in front of dozens of green wooden boxes apparently full of munitions.
The chief United Nations weapons inspector, Richard Butler, told the Security Council today that Iraq had refused to hand over documents on munitions that could be used to deliver chemical and biological weapons.
A judge ordered the Fort Ord Reuse Authority to turn over a trove of public records detailing munitions cleanup or explain by early Wednesday why it is not legally required to do so.
Sudan accuses Israel of airstrike on munitions factory.
Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center is a transformed federal gray elephant: This 1920 munitions factory once produced 10,000 MK-14 torpedoes .
A conference this week in Hawaii will address how to remove undersea munitions.
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In science:

Armour-piercing munitions containing depleted-uranium (DU) were first used during the 1991 Gulf War, therefore breaking a 46 years long taboo against the intentional use or induction of radioactivity in combat.2 Similar ammunition was used more recently in the con flict involving NATO troops in Yu goslavia.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
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