A suit of medieval armor.
A knight's uniform is an example of armor.
- covering worn to protect the body against weapons
- any defensive or protective covering, as on animals or plants, or the metal plating on warships, warplanes, etc.
- the armored forces and vehicles of an army; tanks, reconnaissance cars, etc.
- a quality or condition serving as a defense difficult to penetrate
Origin of armorMiddle English armure ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin armatura: see armature
- A defensive covering, as of metal, wood, or leather, worn to protect the body against weapons.
- A tough, protective covering, such as the bony scales covering certain animals or the metallic plates on tanks or warships.
- A safeguard or protection: faith, the missionary's armor.
- a. The combat arm that deploys armored vehicles, such as tanks.b. The armored vehicles of an army.
transitive verbar·mored, ar·mor·ing, ar·mors
Origin of armorMiddle English armure, from Old French armeure, from Latin arm&amacron;t&umacron;ra, equipment; see armature.
(countable and uncountable, plural armors) (chiefly, US)
- (uncountable) A protective layer over a body, vehicle, or other object intended to deflect or diffuse damaging forces.
- (uncountable) A natural form of this kind of protection on an animal's body.
- (uncountable) Metal plate, protecting a ship, military vehicle, or aircraft.
- (countable) A tank, or other heavy mobile assault vehicle.
- (military, uncountable) A military formation consisting primarily of tanks or other armoured fighting vehicles, collectively.
- (hydrology, uncountable) The naturally occurring surface of pebbles, rocks or boulders that line the bed of a waterway or beach and provide protection against erosion.
(third-person singular simple present armors, present participle armoring, simple past and past participle armored)
- To equip something with armor or a protective coating or hardening.
- To provide something with an analogous form of protection.