• WordNet 3.6
    • n weapon any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
    • n weapon a means of persuading or arguing "he used all his conversational weapons"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world'snuclear weapons combined.
    • Weapon (Bot) A thorn, prickle, or sting with which many plants are furnished.
    • Weapon An instrument of offensive of defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy, as a gun, a sword, etc. "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.""They, astonished, all resistance lost,
      All courage; down their idle weapons dropped."
    • Weapon Fig.: The means or instrument with which one contends against another; as, argument was his only weapon . "Woman's weapons , water drops."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Seattle, Washington, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length.
    • n weapon Any instrument of offense; anything used, or designed to be used, in attacking an enemy, as a sword, a dagger, a club, a rifle, or a cannon.
    • n weapon Any object, particular, or instrumentality that may be of service in a contest or struggle, or in resisting adverse circumstances, whether for offense or defense; anything that may figuratively be classed among arms.
    • n weapon In zoology, any part or organ of the body which is or may be used as a means of attack or defense, as horns, hoofs, claws, spurs, stings, spines, teeth, electric organs, etc.; an arm or armature. Synonyms See arm.
    • weapon To arm with weapons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On August sixth, 1945, during World War Two, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.
    • n Weapon wep′un any instrument or organ of offence or defence
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  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    “Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “A sneer is the weapon of the weak.”
  • James R. Smith
    James R. Smith
    “There is nothing in the world more powerful than an idea. No weapon can destroy it; no power can conquer it except the power of another idea.”
  • Jules de Gaultier
    Jules de Gaultier
    “Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The human race has but one really affective weapon, and that is laughter.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wepen, AS. wǣpen,; akin to OS. wāpan, OFries. wēpin, wēpen, D. wapen, G. waffe, OHG. waffan, wāfan, Icel. vāpn, Dan. vaaben, Sw. vapen, Goth. wēpna, pl.; of uncertain origin. Cf. Wapentake
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wǽpen; Goth. wepna, arms, Ger. waffen and wappen.


In literature:

They tore the houses apart, and with their long, slim white weapons they killed the old men and women, and the children.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
These included weapons of offense as well.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Dean caught the blurred mass beyond his sights, then swung the weapon aside.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
He threw himself in a queer, awkward movement forward, directly in the path of the tubed weapon.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
The engineer was almost ready to believe that, but cunning was not the only weapon in his enemies' arsenal.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
She had her weapons, as other women had.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
McGuire reached for a weapon from a victim of the machine-gun fire and prepared to defend himself, but the weapon was never used.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Long ago they would have destroyed him, but for the fact that he possessed terrible weapons which were impossible to combat.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
The weapons were of the repeating kind, and among the best that money could buy in San Antonio.
"The Great Cattle Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
Beside the men were placed the weapons, and beside the women their looms or other instruments of labor.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
This was his only weapon.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Curious small truncheonlike weapons spat paralyzing electric shocks upon them.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
But once or twice before had Martin ever handled such a weapon, and he had never shot one at a living mark.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The weapon with its deadly detonite bullet came toward him.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
He picked up the weapon the thing had drawn and examined it carefully.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He looked down and at his feet saw the weapon that Odal had chosen.
"The Dueling Machine" by Benjamin William Bova
In the same instant Chet threw himself upon the weapon and leaped backward to his feet.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
These two men, however, had German cloaks, helmets, and weapons.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Eventually, his perseverance would reward him with a fine weapon.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
Surely the first to have four such tiny weapons, at least.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard

In poetry:

"Harsh weapons clash and hauberks crash,
And sunset sees us bleed,
The crow and wolf our dead engulf -
This, Edward, is your deed!
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany
Not to condemn the sons of men,
Did Christ, the Son of God, appear;
No weapons in his hands are seen,
No flaming sword nor thunder there.
"Hymn 100" by Isaac Watts
And our emotions are caught part
From them; their weaponed world it is
They should have left to the abyss
Or made it an image of their heart.
"Poem" by Roy Fuller
O what is that light I see flashing so clear
Over the distance brightly, brightly?
Only the sun on their weapons, dear,
As they step lightly.
"O What Is That Sound" by W H Auden
Against the dragon and his host
The armies of the Lord prevail:
In vain they rage, in vain they boast,
Their courage sinks, their weapons fail.
"Hymn 58" by Isaac Watts
That man no guard or weapons needs,
Whose heart the blood of Jesus knows;
But safe may pass, if duty leads,
Through burning sands or mountain snows.
"The Believer's Safety (II)" by John Newton

In news:

With a wary eye on Syria, Army looks to chemical weapons detectors.
The John Moyer signature bass guitar , that we had signed by all the artists from Music As A Weapon 5 tour, is now on display at Ted Brown Music in the Nob Hill Plaza.
Police use beanbag weapon on armed man.
Man had bulletproof vest , weapons at airport.
Rodney Dean Jarvis, 29, was arrested on complaints of burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Japandroids, Cadence Weapon @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
Anyone who turns in a weapon get $100 in cash.
Assault with a dangerous weapon.
Obama's New Anti-Satellite Weapons Push to Cede Space to the Chinese.
Experts fear that Al Qaeda offshoot will get its hands on weapons that have disappeared from Libyan stockpiles.
Syria's Collapse Could Be a Chem Weapon Nightmare.
Syria's chemical weapon stockpile has West's attention.
Kimber, a licensed pharmacist, faces up to life in prison on the two chemical-weapon counts, and up to 10 years in prison on the product-tampering count.
Libya had undeclared chemical weapon stockpile.
The United States, China, and North Korea plan to hold talks in Beijing next week to discuss the North's suspected nuclear weapons programs.

In science:

Sensitive to γ -rays between ∼200 keV and ∼1.4 MeV, the Vela satellites were designed to detect the testing or use of nuclear weapons.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Of course, it has been stressed that opposition to these weapons could have been avoided if the low-radioactive U-238 would have been replaced by some nonradioactive material such as tungsten.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
T is the speci fic burden listed on the first line of Table 1, and mT the mass of tritium initially present in the weapon.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
The good news is that alternative, more sophisticated weapons are available for use in the fight against small N limitations. A collisionless N -body code is essentially a Monte Carlo method and so should be amenable to well-known variance-reduction methods such as importance sampling (e.g., Press et al 1992).
Multi-mass schemes for collisionless N-body simulations
Therefore, even for liquid scintillators the main detection weapon is the reaction (12).
Effect of Collective Flavor Oscillations on the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background
Since the 1970’s, antenna diversity had been a preferred weapon used by mobile wireless systems against the deleterious effect of fading.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
Finally, one of our main weapons is the following result, well-known to representation theorists as Dixmier’s version of Schur’s lemma [D, 2.6.5].
Primitive ideals of noetherian generalized down-up algebras
Our analysis will then be able to invoke overconstraints – the most effective weapon in our arsenal against systematic uncertainties in general.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
Survey of the thermal threat of nuclear weapons.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
It is therefore no wonder that this has created an enormous interest in subatomic physics and its application for ultimate weapons or for the commercial use of energy.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Furthermore, it is interesting to notice that advocates of nuclear fission energy like to explain why the dangers from nuclear weapons are far less important than believed.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
It is also worth remembering that the official nuclear weapon states, Russia, USA, UK, France and China, have declared in the treaty their intention to eliminate nuclear weapons as quickly as possible.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Some concern over weapons proliferation risk of U-233 (if it could be separated on its own), although many designs such as the Radkowsky Thorium Reactor address this concern.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
The concern with nuclear weapon proliferation can not be solved either.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
In Fig. 2. “W” represents a player continuing to build weapons and “NW” represents a player stopping to build weapons, the “X” shows that a player agrees to do that action and an “O” represents that a player doesn't continue that course of actions.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?