- IPA: /wɛpən/, X-SAMPA: /wEp@n/
- Rhymes: -ɛpən
- An instrument of attack or defense in combat or hunting, e.g. most guns, missiles, or swords .
- An instrument or other means of harming or exerting control over another.
- See also Wikisaurus:weapon
- assault weapon
- atomic weapon
- biological weapon
- chemical weapon
- cold weapon
- conventional weapon
- crew-served weapon
- doomsday weapon
- nuclear weapon
- radiological weapon
- ranged weapon
- section automatic weapon
- siege weapon
- space weapon
- squad automatic weapon
- thermonuclear weapon
- weapon of mass destruction
- weapons free
- weapons hold
- weapons tight
From Middle English wepen, from Old English wǣpen ( “weapon, sword, arms, penis” ), from Proto-Germanic *wēpnan ( “weapon” ), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots wapyn, wappen ( “weapon” ), West Frisian wapen ( “weapon” ), Dutch wapen ( “weapon” ), Low German wapen ( “weapon” ), German Waffe ( “weapon” ), Swedish vapen ( “weapon” ), Icelandic vopn ( “weapon” ) .
Explanation of weapon by Wordnet Dictionary
- Weapon ( wĕpŭn; 277 ), n. [OE. wepen, AS. wǣpen; akin to OS. wāpan, OFries. wēpin, wēpen, D. wapen, G. waffe, OHG. waffan, wāfan, Icel. vāpn, Dan. vaaben, Sw. vapen, Goth. wēpna, pl.; of uncertain origin. Cf. Wapentake.]
1. An instrument of offensive of defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy, as a gun, a sword, etc.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. 2 Cor. x. 4.
They, astonished, all resistance lost,
All courage; down their idle weapons dropped. Milton.
2. Fig.: The means or instrument with which one contends against another; as, “argument was his only weapon”. “Woman's weapons, water drops.” Shak.
3. ( Bot. ) A thorn, prickle, or sting with which many plants are furnished.
Concealed weapons. See under Concealed. -- Weapon salve, a salve which was supposed to cure a wound by being applied to the weapon that made it. [Obs.] Boyle.
Definition of weapon by GCIDE Dictionary