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AMMUNITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ammunition mean? 

AMMUNITION (noun)
  The noun AMMUNITION has 3 senses:

1. projectiles to be fired from a gun
2. any nuclear or chemical or biological material that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction
3. information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint

  Familiarity information: AMMUNITION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AMMUNITION (noun)


Sense 1ammunition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Projectiles to be fired from a gun

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

ammo; ammunition

Hypernyms ("ammunition" is a kind of...):

arms; implements of war; munition; weaponry; weapons system (weapons considered collectively)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ammunition"):

belt ammunition; belted ammunition (ammunition (usually of small caliber) loaded in linked belts for use in an automatic weapon)

cartridge (ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun)

canister; canister shot; case shot (a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm)

powder and shot (ammunition consisting of gunpowder and bullets for muskets)

one shot; round; unit of ammunition (a charge of ammunition for a single shot)

shell (ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun)

tracer; tracer bullet (ammunition whose flight can be observed by a trail of smoke)


Sense 2ammunition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any nuclear or chemical or biological material that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("ammunition" is a kind of...):

material; stuff (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object)


Sense 3ammunition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

his admission provided ammunition for his critics

Hypernyms ("ammunition" is a kind of...):

info; information (a message received and understood)


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