Weapon definition

wĕpən
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An instrument of attack or defense in combat, as a gun, missile, or sword.
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Any means of attack or defense.

The weapon of the law.

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To supply with weapons or a weapon; arm.
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The definition of a weapon is a tool used to injure or kill in fighting or hunting.

An example of a weapon is a gun.

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A means used to defend against or defeat another.

Logic was her weapon.

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An instrument or device of any kind designed or used to injure or kill, as in fighting or hunting.
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An implement used or designed to be used to kill or injure a person. See also gun-control law.
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A weapon that is carried by someone but is not visible to the ordinary observer’s eye.
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An implement or device that is capable of causing serious bodily harm or death; not to be confused with a deadly weapon. A dangerous weapon may be deadly; a deadly weapon must be dangerous.
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Any firearm or other device (crossbow, longbow, bomb, grenade, and so on), substance (poison), or material (dagger, cutlass), that, when used in the manner it was intended to be used, will be likely to cause death.
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An instrument of attack or defense in combat or hunting, e.g. most guns, missiles, or swords.

The club that is now mostly used for golf was once a common weapon.

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An instrument or other means of harming or exerting control over another.

Money is the main weapon of modern oligarchs.

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(zoology) A part or organ, such as a claw or stinger, used by an animal in attack or defense.
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Any organ or part of an organism used for attacking or defending.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
weapon
Plural:
weapons

Origin of weapon

  • Middle English wepen from Old English wǣpen

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

  • From Middle English wepen, from Old English wÇ£pen (“weapon, sword, arms"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ“pnÄ… (“weapon"), of unknown origin, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wÄ“bnom. Cognate with Scots wapyn, wappen (“weapon"), West Frisian wapen (“weapon"), Dutch wapen (“weapon"), Low German wapen (“weapon"), German Waffe (“weapon"), Swedish vapen (“weapon"), Icelandic vopn (“weapon").

    From Wiktionary