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arms race

n
(Military) the continuing competitive attempt by two or more nations each to have available to it more and more powerful weapons than the other(s)

arms′ race`


n.
competition between countries for superiority in quantity and quality of military arms.
[1935–40]
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Noun1.arms race - a competition between nations to have the most powerful armamentsarms race - a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments
race - any competition; "the race for the presidency"
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intelligence arms race - similar to the nuclear arms race that followed World
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year and a defence official accused NATO of provoking a new arms race.
What was irritating in the Russian move was the inevitable arms race that such sales engendered, since the conservative Arab monarchies could not remain indifferent.
An interim agreement between six world powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program will not lead to a new arms race, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks published Apr 6.
But Lavrov, whose country took part in the talks in Lausanne, said: "There are no reasons for an arms race.
MOSKOVA (CyHAN)- Moscow believes that the possible deployment of US missile defense systems in South Korea could spark an arms race and hamper negotiations on North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
Barjees Tahir said Kashmir dispute is the basic point of contention and the issue is the cause of conventional and nuclear arms race in the region.
Today's nuclear, biological and other extreme weapons have changed the stakes and logic of battle, resulting in an arms race that has no analog in the natural world.