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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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These weapons have evolved as the result of biological arms races lasting millions of years.
In Animal Weapons, Emlen, a biologist at the University of Montana in Missoula, explains the science behind those arms races, including how battles for resources and females can influence the evolution of weaponry and how this sort of competition has resulted in some of the craziest looking appendages to ever grace an elk's head or a beetle's back.
export arms trade thriving even as it helps to accelerate small-scale arms races among the world's poorest nations and destabilizes already tense state-to-state standoffs.
NMD system would work, it would be viewed by both Russia and China as provocative and would most likely lead to new arms races.
And these arms races wouldn't be limited to the three countries in question.
However flawed the final product--and flawed it is-- we are indebted to Patrick Glynn for writing a book about the arms races and arms control that is serious, lively, and literate.
And when nations like India and Pakistan read beyond all our noble words about the evils of arms races and pay close attention to what we actually do in this area, they get another message entirely.
Conventional wisdom would have it that an arms race forms part of a cold war.