1. Any projection that is thought to resemble an arm; SYN. branch.
2. Technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb.
3. The part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person.
Alternate (chiefly British) spelling for armor.
ETYM Old Eng. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Irish, Gael., and Late Lat. gunna, w. gum; possibly (like cannon) from Latin canna reed, tube; or abbreviated from Old Fren. mangonnel, Eng. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.
1. A weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel).
2. The discharge of a gun as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies.
Any kind of firearm or any instrument consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged; see also artillery, machine gun, pistol, and small arms.
ETYM Old Eng. wepen, AS. wepen.
1. A means of persuading or arguing; SYN. artillery.
2. Weaponry used in fighting or hunting; SYN. arm, weapon system.
Any implement used for attack and defense, from simple clubs, spears, and bows and arrows in prehistoric times to machine guns and nuclear bombs in modern times. The first revolution in warfare came with the invention of gunpowder and the development of cannons and shoulder-held guns. Many other weapons now exist, such as grenades, shells, torpedoes, rockets, and guided missiles. The ultimate in explosive weapons are the atomic (fission) and hydrogen (fusion) bombs. They release the enormous energy produced when atoms split or fuse together (see nuclear warfare). There are also chemical and bacteriological weapons.
Weapons considered collectively; SYN. arms, implements of war, weapons system, munition.
Sinonimi: wiper arm | contact arm
A conducting arm that rotates over a series of contacts and comes to rest on an outlet; SYN. wiper arm, contact arm.