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.

Definitions of ammunition
  1. noun
    projectiles to be fired from a gun
    synonyms: ammo
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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
  2. noun
    any nuclear or chemical or biological material that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction
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    type of:
    material, stuff
    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  3. noun
    information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint
    “his admission provided ammunition for his critics”
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    type of:
    info, information
    a message received and understood
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