- [often pl.] all the military forces and equipment of a nation
- a large force for offense or defense
- all the guns and other military equipment of a warship, warplane, tank, fortification, etc.
- an arming or being armed for war
- anything serving to protect or defend
Origin of armamentClassical Latin armamentum, plural armamenta, implements, ship's tackle from armare: see arm, transitive verb
- The weapons and supplies of war with which a military unit is equipped.
- often armaments All the military forces and war equipment of a country.
- A military force equipped for war.
- The process of arming for war.
Origin of armamentLatin armāmenta tools from arma arms ; see arm 2.
- A body of forces equipped for war.
- (military, naval) All the cannon and small arms collectively, with their equipments, belonging to a ship or a fortification.
- Any equipment for resistance.
- The process of building up military capacity.
Latin armamenta, from armō (“I arm”).