• WordNet 3.6
    • v armor equip with armor
    • n armor tough more-or-less rigid protective covering of an animal or plant
    • n armor protective covering made of metal and used in combat
    • n armor a military unit consisting of armored fighting vehicles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
    • Armor Defensive arms for the body; any clothing or covering worn to protect one's person in battle.
    • Armor Steel or iron covering, whether of ships or forts, protecting them from the fire of artillery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Leonardo Divinci made sketches of a tracked armored vehicle to be used as an offensive weapon. It was pedal powered.
    • n armor Defensive arms; any covering worn to protect the person against offensive weapons. All available materials that offer some resistance to edge or point have, at various epochs and among various peoples, been put to use for this purpose, as thick skins, garments of linen or of silk, stuffed with vegetable fiber, or made of many thicknesses of material, thin plates of horn or metal, sewed to some textile fabric and lapping over one another like scales, etc. Usually the headpiece was the first piece of armor to be made in solid metal. (See helmet.) The Greeks had a solid cuirass from a very early period. (See cuirass and thorax.) This, with the helmet and the greaves (see greave), constituted the whole armor of the heavy-armed Greek warrior of historic times. The Roman legionary was in general similarly armed, sometimes wearing only one greave. Chain-mail was introduced in the armor of the Roman soldiery. The Norman invaders of England in 1066 wore a conical helmet with a nasal or strong projecting piece of iron coming down over the nose, and long gowns of stuff to which were sewed rings or plates of metal, and the leaders had leg-coverings of similar make. A century later chain-mail was in common use. The knights of the time of Richard I. of England (Cœur de Lion, 1189–1199) wore a long hauberk of chain-mail, reaching to the knee or below, with long sleeves closed at the ends so as to form gloves, and with openings in the sides through which the hands could be passed, leaving the gloves hanging down from the wrist; hose of the same make, either covering the feet or worn with shoes of strong leather; or sometimes long hose of leather laced or buckled like modern long gaiters. A hood, called the camail, sometimes of chain-mail, sometimes of leather, covered the head and descended to the shoulders, and upon this rested the iron helmet, either of conical form or rounded or acorn-shaped, without vizor, pressing on the head at its lower edge, where it was often secured to the camail, and rising above the crown of the head. Very rarely in this reign a closed helmet was used, as seen on a seal of King Richard I.; helmets of this form became common early in the reign of Henry III. (1216–1272). By the time of Henry IV. (1399–1413) and his invasion of France (1411), the knight was completely clothed in armor of plates, chain-mail being used at the junction of the limbs with the body, at the elbow- and knee-joints, and for a hood covering the top of the corselet. Finally, under Henry VI. (1422–1461), at about the time that the English were driven out of France (1453), the suit of armor reached its complete development, being forged of thin steel to fit the body and limbs, weighing not over 60 or 70 pounds in all, and allowing of free movement. This, however, was extremely costly. The armor worn in jousts and tournaments was very different after the twelfth century from that worn in war, being heavier, and neither allowing the knight to dismount without assistance nor affording him adequate protection if dismounted. For war, in spite of the general adoption of firearms, armor, though not investing the whole body, continued to be worn by officers and mounted men until the close of the seventeenth century, in the wars of Louis XIV.'s reign, and, indeed, survives to this day in the helmets and cuirasses of certain corps of cavalry. (The cuts are from Viollet-le-Duc's “Dict. du Mobilier français.”)
    • n armor The metallic sheathing, intended as a protection against projectiles, for a ship of war or the exposed face of a fortification. Figuratively, a defensive covering of any kind; that which serves as a protection or safeguard; a bulwark: used in zoology and botany of the protective envelop or cover of an animal or a plant, as the scales of a fish or the plates of a crocodile.
    • n armor In magnetism, same as armature
    • armor To cover with armor or armor-plate.
    • n armor In paleobotany, the thick covering or jacket which surrounds the woody axis of fossil cycadean trunks, consisting of the persistent leaf-bases and the copious ramentum which fills the interstices between them. The ramentum is firmly silicified, forming walls around the leaf-bases; and where, as is usually the case, only the lower portion of the leaf-bases is preserved, the triangular cavities remaining give to the trunks a honeycomblike appearance.
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  • William Jennings Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan
    “The humblest citizen of all the land when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.”
  • Florence King
    “Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.”
  • James Shirley
    James Shirley
    “There is no armor against fate.”
  • Tama Janowitz
    Tama Janowitz
    “Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Philosophers are only men in armor after all.”
  • Robert Burns
    “I pick my favorite quotation and store them in my mind as ready armor, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. armure, fr. F. armure, OF. armeure, fr. L. armatura,. See Armature


In literature:

It looks like the armor knights used to fight in ...
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
While she prays, there arrives a knight in silver armor; a swan draws his boat.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
They're nothing but suits of armor.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Paul Dickey
With her heavy load of guns and armor she drew 22 feet aft and could work up a speed of barely 5 knots.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
The spears were gone, and the lances and all the armor.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
Come now, let us change our shields and put upon us the armor of these Greeks.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
It was a tractor with surprisingly heavy armor.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
What are you going to do with a character nuts enough about space to armor up and stuff himself inside a blastoff drum?
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
But the most wonderful thing about the knights' armor was their shields.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He donned a suit of peerless armor, and hung his flower-emblazoned shield about his neck.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene

In poetry:

No feebler is the foe,
No slacker grows the fight,
Nor less the need of armor tried,
Of shield and helmet bright.
"Far Down the Ages Now" by Horatius Bonar
I WHISPERED to the bobolink:
"Sweet singer of the field,
Teach me a song to reach a heart
In maiden armor steeled."
"I Whispered To The Bobolink" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Methinks I saw his armor there,
Brilliantly grand, superb and rare,
Whose shield was beaming ev'rywhere,
Like a coronet.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Tall in its hall an hundred knights
In armor stood with glaive in hand;
The following of some great King,
Lord of that land.
"Morgan le Fay" by Madison Julius Cawein
The gloomy hulls in armor grim,
Like clouds o'er moors have met,
And prove that oak, and iron, and man
Are tough in fibre yet.
"The Temeraire" by Herman Melville
Long I fought the driving lists,
Plume a-stream and armor clanging;
Link on link, between my wrists,
Now my heavy freedom's hanging.
"Prisoner" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

The Afghan National Army has small bases in Arghandab, just outside Kandahar, and a handful of armored vehicles have assembled outside the gates of one.
Up-Armored Knives Blends And Rocks At The Same Time.
Passenger clad in body armor arrested for transporting smoke bomb .
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Zapata was killed one year ago in Mexico while driving an armored Chevy Suburban between Monterrey and Mexico City.
High-strength Spectra Shield material to better protect Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters and soldiers while also significantly reducing armor weight.
Honeywell's Spectra Shield® Ballistic Material Selected To Improve Armor For US Army Helicopters.
The 12-inch-wide footprint belonged to an armored, tank-like plant-eater.
Charleston police stand outside a Brinks armored truck on Summers Street.
A Charleston teen thought he was going to gain insight into a potential career when he approached an armored truck and tried to talk to the driver Thursday.
To meet that need, the Streit Group has seen demand for its armored vehicles has increased accordingly.
Announced that it has developed new stretcher , seat and armor systems for helicopters.
Major-General JFC Fuller, the man credited with developing modern armored warfare in the 1920s, called failure to use it "the greatest blunder of the whole war".
If you are into WWII German armor, Dragon's StuG IV model kit is worthy of your attention.
Warhol, Richter, Fontana, And Royal Suit of Armor Among TEFAF 2012 Highlights.
16th century suit of armor may earn $50K.

In science:

The DU in these anti-tank weapons is initially in solid form, e.g., in the case of the API PGU 14/B projectiles delivered by A-10 ground-attack aircrafts, in the form of a 96 mm long and 16 mm diameters cylinder which constitutes the main component of the armor-piercing penetrators.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
These results confirm the known fact: more rigid armors can possess less stopping power. Note that the related concept of the so-called super-plastic protective structures (SPPS) can be found in .
Numerical simulation of high-speed penetration-perforation dynamics in layered armor shields
However, with more data, and further analysis, chinks in the CKM armor may well appear.
Theory Summary of the Electroweak Session for Moriond 2005
Experimental ingenuity has not been able to pierce the Model’s armor and I cannot help thinking of the prophetic words of Leon Lederman at the Rochester meeting held in Madison twenty five years ago: “the experimentalists do not have enough money and the theorists are overconfident”.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
The most relevant parts of this text refer to the bias present in seemingly objective judgements. For example, the trend towards predicting an outcome favourably due to the fact that the subject has a vested interest in the outcome (Armor and Taylor, 2000).
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development