ordnance

Ordnance is another word for military supplies, like guns, rockets, or armor. When a country is at war, it needs a lot of ordnance.

The average person has probably never heard of ordnance. In fact, an ordinary person would have some explaining to do if they had ordnance, because it refers to military supplies. The word ordinance for “command” lost an i in the 1500’s and became ordnance, meaning “military materials.” Both words go with war — a command to shoot requires ordnance, or something to shoot with. Ordnance helps soldiers fight and protect them. You can’t go to war without ordnance.

Definitions of ordnance
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n military supplies

Synonyms:
munition, ordnance store
Type of:
armament
weaponry used by military or naval force

n large but transportable armament

Synonyms:
artillery, gun, heavy weapon
Types:
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cannon
a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
field artillery, field gun
movable artillery (other than antiaircraft) used by armies in the field (especially for direct support of front-line troops)
four-pounder
an artillery gun that throws a shot weighing four pounds
basilisk
ancient brass cannon
culverin
a heavy cannon with a long barrel used in the 16th and 17th centuries
harpoon gun
a cannon or similar gun that fires harpoons
high-angle gun
a cannon that can be fired at a high elevation for relatively short ranges
long tom
a long swivel cannon formerly used by the navy
Type of:
armament
weaponry used by military or naval force

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