weapon

Definitions

General English

Military

  • noun any object which is designed to kill or injure (such as a bayonet, grenade, rifle, etc.)
  • noun any object which is used to kill or injure (such as a broken bottle, knife, piece of wood, etc.)
  • noun any object which is designed to cause damage (such as a bomb, missile, rocket, etc.)

Origin & History of “weapon”

Weapon comes from a prehistoric Germanic *wǣpnam, a source it shares with German waffe, Dutch wapen, Swedish vapen, and Danish vaaben. But of the ancestry of the Germanic form nothing certain is known.
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