weapon system

Definitions of weapon system
  1. noun
    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
    synonyms: arm, weapon
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    Excalibur
    the legendary sword of King Arthur
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    bow
    a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
    bow and arrow
    a weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them
    brass knuckles, brass knucks, knuckle duster, knuckles, knucks
    a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand
    fire ship
    a weapon consisting of a ship carrying explosives that is set adrift to destroy enemy ships
    flamethrower
    a weapon that squirts ignited fuel for several yards
    gun
    a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
    knife
    a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
    light arm
    a rifle or pistol
    missile
    a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
    pike
    medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
    missile, projectile
    a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
    slasher
    a weapon (a sword or dagger) used for slashing
    sling
    a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released
    lance, shaft, spear
    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    stun baton, stun gun
    a weapon designed to disable a victim temporarily by delivering a nonlethal high-voltage electric shock
    blade, brand, steel, sword
    a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
    hatchet, tomahawk
    weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians
    W.M.D., WMD, weapon of mass destruction
    a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
    Greek fire
    a mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries; catches fire when wetted
    air gun, air rifle, airgun
    a gun that propels a projectile by compressed air
    air-to-air missile
    a missile designed to be launched from one airplane at another
    air-to-ground missile, air-to-surface missile
    a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground
    ack-ack, ack-ack gun, antiaircraft, antiaircraft gun, flack, flak, pom-pom
    artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
    arrow
    a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other; intended to be shot from a bow
    assagai, assegai
    the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
    backsword
    a sword with only one cutting edge
    ballistic missile
    a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target
    bayonet
    a knife that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon
    bioarm, biological weapon, bioweapon
    any weapon usable in biological warfare
    boomerang, throw stick, throwing stick
    a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower
    breechloader
    a gun that is loaded at the breech
    broadsword
    a sword with a broad blade and (usually) two cutting edges; used to cut rather than stab
    bullet, slug
    a projectile that is fired from a gun
    cannon
    heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane
    cannon
    heavy gun fired from a tank
    cannon ball, cannonball, round shot
    a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
    cavalry sword, saber, sabre
    a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back
    chemical weapon
    chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
    crossbow
    a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)
    Cupid's bow
    a curved bow with reversed curve ends
    cutlas, cutlass
    a short heavy curved sword with one edge; formerly used by sailors
    dagger, sticker
    a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
    dart
    a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot
    falchion
    a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
    fencing sword
    a sword used in the sport of fencing
    firearm, piece, small-arm
    a portable gun
    gas gun
    a gun that fires gas shells
    guided missile
    a rocket-propelled missile whose path can be controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal homing devices
    halberd
    a pike fitted with an ax head
    handbow
    a bow drawn by hand as distinguished from a crossbow
    heat-seeking missile
    a missile with a guidance system that directs it toward targets emitting infrared radiation (as the emissions of a jet engine)
    javelin
    a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
    khukuri
    a curved steel knife with a razor-sharp edge used in combat by the Gurkhas; has cultural and religious significance in Nepal
    longbow
    a powerful wooden bow drawn by hand; usually 5-6 feet long; used in medieval England
    machete, matchet, panga
    a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation
    minute gun
    (military) gun that is discharged once every minute (usually as part of a military funeral)
    atomic weapon, nuclear weapon
    a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
    partisan, partizan
    a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries
    Quaker gun
    a dummy gun or piece of artillery made usually of wood
    rapier, tuck
    a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
    seeker
    a missile equipped with a device that is attracted toward some kind of emission (heat or light or sound or radio waves)
    set gun, spring gun
    a gun that is set to fire on any intruder that comes in contact with the wire that sets it off
    shiv
    a knife used as a weapon
    pellet, shot
    a solid missile discharged from a firearm
    sidewinder
    air-to-air missile with infrared homing device
    spitball
    a projectile made by chewing a piece of paper and shaping it into a sphere
    trench knife
    a knife with a double-edged blade for hand-to-hand fighting
    trident
    a spear with three prongs
    vouge
    a kind of pike used by foot soldiers in the 14th century
    whaling gun
    a gun (or device resembling a gun) for discharging a projectile (especially a harpoon) at a whale
    yataghan
    a long Turkish knife with a curved blade having a single edge
    high explosive
    a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate
    type of:
    instrument
    a device that requires skill for proper use
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