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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
live ammunition
▪ Troops fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd.
▪ Policemen who were stoned by the crowd used live ammunition to disperse it, killing at least one person.
▪ The live ammunition that I experienced was not officially sanctioned as being hazardous enough to be included.
▪ He'd have been kicked out of here if it wasn't obvious that he'd actually used live ammunition.
▪ When arrested, he was found to be in possession of a small-calibre handgun and several rounds of live ammunition.
▪ One of the machine guns had live ammunition attached to it.
▪ As the situation worsened more border police entered the area and began firing live ammunition into the crowd.
▪ Leipzigers feared live ammunition could be used.
▪ The army's next line of defence concerns the use of live ammunition.
▪ Stores were distributed in pony treks that carried not only ammunition and food but also mail and the force's own newspaper.
▪ Unfortunately they carried no ammunition and all guns were still packed in grease.
▪ We kept finding more supplies and ammunition.
▪ But this new research has given me just the ammunition I need.
▪ She wasn't about to give him any further ammunition.
▪ All this gave powerful ammunition to urban sociologists writing from the mid-1970s onwards.
▪ The provision of reasons for decisions has become unpopular because reasons give more ammunition for challenge and negligence claims: see 14.7.7.
▪ Any controversy over the new legal framework would give ammunition to Mr Meacher's critics within the party.
▪ However, the slow-down in imports gave ammunition to those who warn that the recovery is fragile.
▪ This somewhat unexpected decision gave ammunition to those who felt the schema on priestly life was too spiritual in tone.
▪ So Taylor's explanation for pulling out Carlton Palmer only loaded the ammunition for critics of both manager and player.
▪ They were also very heavily loaded with ammunition.
▪ The disk also contains secret cheat codes to provide additional ammunition and level skip features.
▪ Ballpark opponents are counting on two studies now in the works to provide them with ammunition.
▪ It is likely that the report will provide added ammunition to environmentalists who have for long opposed the blanket afforestation of uplands.
▪ Johnson became committed to discrediting the civil rights movement and asked Hoover to provide the ammunition.
▪ Membership also provides extra ammunition to defend the pound if currency markets take fright at the election result.
▪ But some observers voiced skepticism that Liggett will provide any more ammunition than plaintiffs already have.
▪ In fact it is these abuses that have provided the ammunition to bring the entire concept of headship into disrepute.
▪ There is no doubt that the document provided ammunition for reforms.
▪ It seemed likely last night that the various opposition groups had used up all their ammunition.
▪ The Macher does not take standard cartridges, but uses its own proprietary ammunition.
▪ Smokeless powder, for which there are many formulas, is used in modern ammunition.
▪ The soldiers kept on firing until they had no more ammunition.
▪ The terrorist group is believed to have significant quantities of guns, ammunition, and explosives.
▪ We now knew that we were trapped, with only a few rounds of ammunition left.
▪ Jeeps, ammunition and food fell silently to the ground.
▪ Preparations were made, and arms and ammunition were stolen.
▪ The charges against Abu Bakr and 113 of his followers included murder, kidnapping and the illegal possession of arms and ammunition.
▪ The live ammunition that I experienced was not officially sanctioned as being hazardous enough to be included.
▪ They had lots of ammunition and lots of desire.
▪ Though the Tories are less organised, they still have plenty of ammunition.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ammunition \Am`mu*ni"tion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ammunitioned; p. pr. & vb. n. Ammunitioning.] To provide with ammunition. [1913 Webster] ||


Ammunition \Am`mu*ni"tion\, n. [F. amunition, for munition, prob. caused by taking la munition as l'amunition. See Munition.]

  1. Military stores, or provisions of all kinds for attack or defense. [Obs.]

  2. Articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; as powder, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc.

  3. Any stock of missiles, literal or figurative.

    Ammunition bread, shoes, etc., such as are contracted for by government, and supplied to the soldiers. [Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, from French soldiers' faulty separation of Middle French la munition into l'ammunition; from Latin munitionem (nominative munitio) "a fortifying" (see munition), and at first meaning all military supplies in general. The mistake in the word perhaps was by influence of French a(d)monition "warning." The error was corrected in French (Modern French munition), but retained in English.


n. 1 (senseid en articles used in charging firearms)Articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; as powder, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc. 2 (context obsolete English) Military stores, or provisions of all kinds for attack or defense. 3 Any stock of missiles or supplies for a conflict, literal or figurative.

  1. n. projectiles to be fired from a gun [syn: ammo]

  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; "his admission provided ammunition for his critics"


Ammunition (commonly shortened to ammo) is propellant and projectile, or broadly anything that can be used in combat including bombs, missiles, warheads, landmines, naval mines, and anti-personnel mines. The word comes from the French la munition which is all material used for war. The collective term for all types of ammunition is munitions.

The purpose of ammunition is to project force against a selected target. However, the nature of ammunition use also includes delivery or combat supporting munitions such as pyrotechnic or incendiary compounds. Since the design of the cartridge, the meaning has been transferred to the assembly of a projectile and its propellant in a single package.

Ammunition involves the application of fire to targets, general use of weapons by personnel, explosives and propellants, cartridge systems, high explosive projectiles (HE), warheads, shaped charge forms of attack on armour and aircraft, carrier projectiles, fuzes, mortar ammunition, small arms ammunition, grenades, mines, pyrotechnics, improved conventional munitions, and terminally guided munition.

Ammunition (EP)

Ammunition is an extended play by American rapper Chamillionaire. It was released on , by Chamillitary Entertainment. Ammunition is Chamillionaire's first major album release since his second studio album, Ultimate Victory (2007). With production handled by The Beat Bullies, and CyFyre, among others, and collaborated with artists such as Angel, Saigon and Marcus Manchild.

The album generally received positive reviews from music critics. In order to promote the album, Chamillionaire released a freestyle over Rick Ross's Stay Schemin' before the album's release.

Ammunition (Krewella EP)

Ammunition is the third extended play by American electronic music duo Krewella. It was released on May 20, 2016 by Columbia Records on streaming and digital download music services. Ammunition was preceded by the release of the single "Beggars", on April 28, 2016, shortly followed by the promotional single "Broken Record", which was released on May 10, 2016. It is a six-track extended play, and the duo's first major release since the departure of former member Kris Trindl. It is also their first major release since their debut album Get Wet.

Usage examples of "ammunition".

The aerogram also gave the positions of the lighters loaded with ammunition which he had deposited round the English shores in anticipation of its arrival.

So that Sergeant Asch will be relieved of his post and can take over the ammunition section.

After an early breakfast, the 505th lined up to draw ammunition and field rations, along with atabrine pills to prevent malaria, pills to purify water, and anti-fatigue pills.

Boats containing the heavy ammunition and a regiment of conscripts were battered upon the rocks, and hundreds of the invaders found an unquiet grave upon the Banc des Violets.

The marksmanship of the Soviet artillery was perfect, and it aimed not at squares, as the Germans had done, but at definite targets, batteries, concentrations of tanks and infantry already drawn up on the line of attack, at bridges, underground ammunition dumps, blindages and command posts.

James assisted them with clothes, arms, and ammunition, together with some officers, amongst whom was colonel Bucan, appointed to act as their chief commander.

The mule was probably bad-tempered because it was burdened with the big Hotchkiss machine gun and ammunition boxes too.

G-12 automatic rifle, the burst of the caseless ammunition sending all four figures dancing and toppling.

There were boxes of several kinds of ammunition, mostly full-metal jacket, with some caseless and even the makings for a cap-and-ball revolver.

There was a parcel, neatly wrapped and itemized, of ammunition, including both the rare caseless rounds and the antique .

He snapped the clip out of the weapon and thumbed the square rounds of caseless ammunition out.

A late-model Tolgren, 5mm prefragmented bullets, caseless ammunition and a 30-round horizontal cassette magazine above the barrel.

Glocks were standard police issue, at least twenty years old, that IntenSecure bought by the truckload from PDs that could afford to upgrade to caseless ammunition.

So the offer of arms and ammunition was no idle one and it was the most unkind cut the dacoit leader could have delivered to the head of the Special Dacoity Police Force.

Marine reservist, sitting dejectedly atop a pile of ammunition crates next to a large olive drab painted van, was astonished at the clockwork precision of the SGRCP as they formed a double line of club-and shield-bearing skirmishers, in front, rifle-carrying men and women behind.