- any protective covering
- any part or structure of an organism useful for defense or offense, as claws, teeth, burs, or thorns
- a soft iron bar placed across the poles of a magnet to keep it from losing magnetic power
- the laminated iron core with wire wound around it in which electromotive force is produced by magnetic induction in a generator or motor: usually a revolving part, but in an alternating-current machine often stationary
- the moving or vibrating part in an electric relay or bell
- Sculpture a framework for supporting the clay or other plastic material in modeling
Origin of armatureClassical Latin armatura, arms, equipment from armatus, past participle of armare; all senses from that of “armored, protected”: see arm, transitive verb
- Electricity a. The rotating part of a dynamo, consisting essentially of copper wire wound around an iron core.b. The moving part of an electromagnetic device such as a relay, buzzer, or loudspeaker.c. A piece of soft iron connecting the poles of a magnet.
- Biology A protective covering, structure, or organ of an animal or a plant, such as teeth, claws, thorns, or the shell of a turtle.
- A framework serving as a supporting core for the material used to make a sculpture.
Origin of armatureMiddle English armor from Old French from Latin armātūra equipment from armātus past participle of armāre to arm ; see arm 2.
- The rotating part of an electric motor or dynamo, which mostly consists of coils of wire around a metal core.
- The moving part in an electromechanical device like a loudspeaker or a buzzer.
- A piece of soft steel or iron that connects the poles of a magnet
- (sculpture) A supporting framework in a sculpture.
- A protective organ, structure, or covering of an animal or plant, for defense or offense, like claws, teeth, thorns, or the shell of a turtle.
- Armor or a suit of armor.
From Middle French armature, from Latin armātūra (“armour”).