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weap·on

 (wĕp′ən)
n.
1. An instrument of attack or defense in combat, as a gun, missile, or sword.
2. Zoology A part or organ, such as a claw or stinger, used by an animal in attack or defense.
3. A means used to defend against or defeat another: Logic was her weapon.
tr.v. weap·oned, weap·on·ing, weap·ons
To supply with weapons or a weapon; arm.

[Middle English wepen, from Old English wǣpen.]

weapon

(ˈwɛpən)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) an object or instrument used in fighting
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an object or instrument used in fighting
3. anything that serves to outwit or get the better of an opponent: his power of speech was his best weapon.
4. (Zoology) any part of an animal that is used to defend itself, to attack prey, etc, such as claws, teeth, horns, or a sting
5. (Anatomy) a slang word for penis
[Old English wǣpen; related to Old Norse vápn, Old Frisian wēpen, Old High German wāffan]
ˈweaponed adj
ˈweaponless adj

weap•on

(ˈwɛp ən)

n.
1. any instrument or device used for attack or defense in a fight or in combat.
2. anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim: the weapon of satire.
3. any part or organ serving for attack or defense, as claws, horns, teeth, or stings.
v.t.
4. to supply or equip with a weapon or weapons.
[before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wǣpen, c. Old Saxon wāpan, Old High German wāf(f)an, Old Norse vāpn, Gothic wepna (pl.)]
weap′oned, adj.
weap′on•less, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weapon - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or huntingweapon - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
bow - a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
bow and arrow - a weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them
brass knuckles, brass knucks, knuckle duster, knuckles, knucks - a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand
fire ship - a weapon consisting of a ship carrying explosives that is set adrift to destroy enemy ships
flamethrower - a weapon that squirts ignited fuel for several yards
gun - a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
knife - a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
light arm - a rifle or pistol
missile - a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
projectile, missile - a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
slasher - a weapon (a sword or dagger) used for slashing
sling - a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released
lance, spear, shaft - a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
stun baton, stun gun - a weapon designed to disable a victim temporarily by delivering a nonlethal high-voltage electric shock
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
hatchet, tomahawk - weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians
W.M.D., weapon of mass destruction, WMD - a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
arms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system - weapons considered collectively
Greek fire - a mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries; catches fire when wetted
2.weapon - a means of persuading or arguingweapon - a means of persuading or arguing; "he used all his conversational weapons"
persuasion, suasion - the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action

weapon

Quotations
"The only arms I allow myself to use, silence, exile, and cunning" [James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man]
"Our swords shall play the orators for us" [Christopher Marlowe Tamburlaine the Great]
"Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough" [Martin Amis Einstein's Monsters]
see bombs, guns, missiles, swords and other weapons with blades, types of club

Weapons

Projectile weapons  ballista, bazooka, blowpipe, catapult, crossbow, fléchette, grapeshot, gun, longbow, onager, quarrel, rifle grenade, torpedo, trebuchet or trebucket
Miscellaneous weapons  biological warfare, bomb, chemical warfare, club, death ray, flame-thrower, germ warfare or bacteriological warfare, Greek fire, knuckle-duster, Mace (trademark), mustard gas, napalm, poison gas
Translations
سِلاحسلاح
оръжие
zbraň
våben
armilo
relv
سلاح
ase
हथियार
oružje
fegyver
vopn
武器
무기
arma
ginklas
ierocisieroči
armă
orožje
vapen
silaha
อาวุธ
silahsilâh
vũ khí

weapon

[ˈwepən]
A. Narma f
B. CPD weapons of mass destruction NPLarmas fpl de destrucción masiva
weapons testing Npruebas fpl con armas

weapon

[ˈwɛpən] n
(military)arme f
(= resource) → arme f

weapon

n (lit, fig)Waffe f; weapons of mass destructionMassenvernichtungswaffen pl

weapon

[ˈwɛpən] narma

weapon

(ˈwepən) noun
any instrument or means which is used for one's own defence or for attacking others. Rifles, arrows, atom bombs and tanks are all weapons; The police are looking for the murder weapon; Surprise is our best weapon.

weapon

سِلاح zbraň våben Waffe όπλο arma ase arme oružje arma 武器 무기 wapen våpen broń arma оружие vapen อาวุธ silah vũ khí 武器

weapon

n arma; biologic — arma biológica; chemical — arma química
References in classic literature ?
Luck and only luck it must have been which had permitted that first shot to lay low one of the savage creatures, for even such a heavy weapon as my pistol is entirely inadequate against even the lesser carnivora of Caspak.
In a single swift move he rose and cast his heavy weapon at the mare's side.
In imagination he saw the heavy weapon shooting downward.
Instead of holding the heavy weapon extended, the butt of it and her forearm rested on the table, the muzzle pointed, not at his head, but his chest.
On my telling him that I regretted not to see him in his own attire, he threw up his right arm, for a moment, as though he were brandishing some heavy weapon, and answered, as he let it fall again, that his race were losing many things besides their dress, and would soon be seen upon the earth no more: but he wore it at home, he added proudly.
Hugh walked straight up to them, and set his foot upon it with a sound as though it had been struck by a heavy weapon.
His head had been shattered by a savage blow from some heavy weapon, and he was wounded on the thigh, where there was a long, clean cut, inflicted evidently by some very sharp instrument.
He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the window, cut at me with his heavy weapon.
They have seized or bought a considerable amount of heavy weapons and transport so that until recently, and maybe still, they outgunned the Kurdish Peshmurga and other opponents but they still have no air force and very limited anti-aircraft defence.
PESHAWAR -- The local police have foiled a terror attempt by recovering heavy weapons on Saturday, while district administration has imposed Section 144 in the district, police control confirmed.
He added, "The Federal commando forces have killed and wounded nine terrorists and burning a vehicle with heavy weapons in Muthij area in Ramadi" .
A peace deal struck on February 12 in Minsk, Belarus, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and people's militias starting from February 15, followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement and prisoner release.