Ordnance meaning

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All military weapons together with ammunition, combat vehicles, etc. and the equipment and supplies used in servicing these.
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Military materiel, such as weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and equipment.
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The branch of an armed force that procures, maintains, and issues weapons, ammunition, and combat vehicles.
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Cannon; artillery.
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Cannons or artillery.
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A military branch or unit that orders, stores, and supplies ordnance.
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Military equipment, especially weapons and ammunition.
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The definition of ordnance is military weapons.

Mounted guns and other military weapons are an example of ordnance.

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Origin of ordnance

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

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

  • 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