Ordnance Definition

ôrdnəns
noun
All military weapons together with ammunition, combat vehicles, etc. and the equipment and supplies used in servicing these.
Webster's New World
The branch of an armed force that procures, maintains, and issues weapons, ammunition, and combat vehicles.
American Heritage
Cannons or artillery.
Webster's New World
A military branch or unit that orders, stores, and supplies ordnance.
Webster's New World
The definition of ordnance is military weapons.
Mounted guns and other military weapons are an example of ordnance.
YourDictionary
Synonyms:
ordnance storemunitiongunheavy weaponartilleryweaponstorpedoessuppliesgunsequipmentcannonarmorarmamentsammunitionmilitary weapons
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Other Word Forms of Ordnance

Noun

Singular:
ordnance
Plural:
ordnances

Origin of Ordnance

  • A reduced form of ordinance, which is attested from the late 14th century in the sense of "military equipment or provisions". The sense of "artillery" arises in the early 15th century, the sense "military logistics" in the late 15th century. The shortened form ordnance arises by the 17th century, now distinct in meaning from the surviving meanings of ordinance.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ordnaunce variant of ordinaunce order, military provision ordinance

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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