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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 ?
This repulsive pillow was her especial property, being used as a weapon of defense, a barricade, or a stern preventive of too much slumber.
Damon said he would carry a stout club as his weapon.
He had just fancied they were cruelly deserted by their scout, as a stream of flame issued from the rock beneath them, and a fierce yell, blended with a shriek of agony, announced that the messenger of death sent from the fatal weapon of Hawkeye, had found a victim.
Thereby the weapon is instantly at hand to its hurler, who snatches it up as readily from its rest as a backwoodsman swings his rifle from the wall.
Then holding the lance full before his waistband's middle, he levels it at the whale; when, covering him with it, he steadily depresses the butt-end in his hand, thereby elevating the point till the weapon stands fairly balanced upon his palm, fifteen feet in the air.
And then the subject became Religion, which was the Archfiend's deadliest weapon.
Along the walls stood men-at-arms, in breastplate and morion, with halberds for their only weapon -- rigid as statues; and that is what they looked like.
It was brought to me after the room was cleared, and I will now make a "life-size" sketch of it by tracing a line around it with my pen, to show the width of the weapon.
Bout three months ago my cousin Bud, fourteen year old, was riding through the woods on t'other side of the river, and didn't have no weapon with him, which was blame' foolishness, and in a lonesome place he hears a horse a-coming behind him, and sees old Baldy Shepherdson a-linkin' after him with his gun in his hand and his white hair a-flying in the wind; and 'stead of jumping off and taking to the brush, Bud 'lowed he could out- run him; so they had it, nip and tuck, for five mile or more, the old man a-gaining all the time; so at last Bud seen it warn't any use, so he stopped and faced around so as to have the bullet holes in front, you know, and the old man he rode up and shot him down.
He was a fine, majestic creature, a gentleman according to the nicest requirements of the Virginia rule, a devoted Presbyterian, an authority on the "code", and a man always courteously ready to stand up before you in the field if any act or word of his had seemed doubtful or suspicious to you, and explain it with any weapon you might prefer from bradawls to artillery.
True, the knife would not cut anything, but it was a "sure-enough" Barlow, and there was inconceivable grandeur in that -- though where the Western boys ever got the idea that such a weapon could possibly be counterfeited to its injury is an imposing mystery and will always remain so, perhaps.
Soft scene, daring demonstration, I would not have; and I stood in peril of both: a weapon of defence must be prepared--I whetted my tongue: as he reached me, I asked with asperity, "whom he was going to marry now?