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Meaning of weapon by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • IPA: /wɛpən/, X-SAMPA: /wEp@n/
    • Rhymes: -ɛpən


    weapon ( plural: weapons )

    1. An instrument of attack or defense in combat or hunting, e.g. most guns, missiles, or swords .
    2. An instrument or other means of harming or exerting control over another.


    • See also Wikisaurus:weapon

Explanation of weapon by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

    2. he was licensed to carry a weapon
    3. a means of persuading or arguing

    4. he used all his conversational weapons

    Definition of weapon by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.