ammunition

Soldiers carry their ammunition: the bullets and shells needed for their guns.

The word ammunition is used to describe the supply of shells or bullets used for a gun, as well as nuclear, chemical or biological matter that can be used in much larger weapons. But we also use it for metaphorical attack material. If you're trying to prove that your big brother is a jerk, your neighbor's story about how he kicked her dog is ammunition for your argument.

Primary Meanings of ammunition

1.
n
projectiles to be fired from a gun
2.
n
information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint
Full Definitions of ammunition
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n projectiles to be fired from a gun

Synonyms:
ammo
Types:
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belt, belt ammunition, belted ammunition
ammunition (usually of small caliber) loaded in flexible linked strips for use in a machine gun
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
artillery shell
a shell fired by artillery
ball cartridge
a general purpose cartridge having a primer and a ball and a full charge of powder
blank, blank shell, dummy
a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
cartouch, cartouche
a cartridge (usually with paper casing)
shotgun shell
a shell containing lead shot; used in shotguns
shrapnel
shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight
tank shell
a shell fired by the cannon on a tank
whizbang, whizbang shell, whizzbang
a small high-velocity shell; it makes a whizzing sound followed by a bang when it hits
Type of:
arms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system
weapons considered collectively

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

Type of:
material, stuff
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
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n information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint

“his admission provided ammunition for his critics”
Type of:
info, information
a message received and understood

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