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ammunition

N. a supply or quantity of bullets and shells.

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... n. a supply or quantity of bullets and...

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A Dictionary of Forensic Science

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Science and technology, Law
Length:
84 words

... In modern firearms, ammunition consists of a projectile and a cartridge case containing propellant and the primer that ignites it. The function of ammunition is to exploit the chemical energy stored in the propellant by first igniting it. The powder burns rapidly, releasing heat and rapidly expanding hot gases that are trapped behind the projectile in the breach and barrel of the weapon. When sufficient pressure is built up, the pressure accelerates the projectile forward and out of the...

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A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
277 words

... A generic term for the assembly of the bullet or projectile , the percussion cap , igniter, or primer , propellant , and the cartridge case. Section 57(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 provides that ‘ammunition’ means ammunition for any firearm and includes grenades, bombs, and other like missiles, whether capable of use with a firearm or not, and also includes prohibited ammunition (defined by s 5(2) ). Subject to certain exemptions, it is an offence contrary to s 1(1)(b) of the 1968 Act to possess, purchase, or acquire, any ammunition (other...

service ammunition

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

...ammunition ammunition intended for combat, rather than for training...

fixed ammunition

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

...ammunition ammunition in which the cartridge case is permanently attached to the...

semifixed ammunition

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
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2002

...ammunition ammunition in which the cartridge case is not permanently attached to the...

biological ammunition

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

...ammunition a type of ammunition, the filler of which is primarily a biological...

ammunition consumption

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... consumption 1 the expenditure of ammunition by firing. 2 the rate at which ammunition is used up, usually expressed in terms of the number of rounds or tons of ammunition expended per a given period of...

ammunition, artillery

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The Oxford Companion to Military History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
History, Military History, Social sciences, Warfare and Defence
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1,620 words
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...incremental improvements to artillery ammunition have more than doubled the range of artillery systems without loss of accuracy. The lethality of ammunition has also increased exponentially, at first due to more efficient fragmentation creating more but smaller fragments. The most unpleasant are flechettes—tiny sharp needles. Flechette rounds enable artillery to fire right onto friendly armoured vehicles, without damaging them, but killing enemy troops all around. White phosphorus, another controversial ammunition was used during operations to clear the...

armor-piercing ammunition

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

...ammunition ammunition made of extremely hard alloys that is designed to penetrate...

separate-loading ammunition

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

...ammunition ammunition in which the projectile and charge are loaded into a gun...

ammunition supply point

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Current Version:
2002

... supply point a designated location or facility for the distribution of ammunition to using...

small arms ammunition

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

...arms ammunition ammunition for small arms; all ammunition up to and including 20 mm (.787...

prohibited weapons and ammunition

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A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
723 words

...5(1A)(a)); • a rocket or any ammunition not falling within s 5(1) which consists of, or incorporates, a missile designed to explode on or immediately before impact and is for military use and a launcher or any other projecting apparatus not falling within s 5(1) designed to be used to fire such rocket or ammunition; • ammunition for military use which consists of, or incorporates, a missile designed so that a substance contained in the missile will ignite on or immediately before impact (section 5(1A)(d)); • ammunition for military use which consists...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
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Language reference, History of English
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27 words

... military supplies, formerly gen., now only of offensive missiles. XVII. — F. †am(m)unition , resulting from a wrong analysis of la munition the supplies ( see MUNITION ) as l'amunition...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Current Version:
2011
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Length:
365 words

... n. 1 semen. c. 1685 ‘The Young Damsels Courage and Conquest’ in Fawcett Broadside Ballads ( 1930 ) n.p.: He did shoot, the / dispute held while he'd spent his Ammunition. / Now his Bandileers being empty at last / so he could no longer stand the Field. a. 1704 T. Brown Satire on Marriage in Works ( 1760 ) I 58: Tho' you know, to your cost, you've no ammunition […] my dear mortify'd tool of a man, / You're not able to make a poor flash in the pan. 1725 Venus in the Cloister IV 146: The poor Boy […] by an involuntary Discharge of his...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
46 words

... [L16th] This comes from obsolete French amunition , which was formed by misunderstanding where the division came in la munition ‘the munition’ ( compare words at adder ). At first the word referred to stores of all kinds. Munitions [LME] show the division in the right...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
5 words
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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
4 words
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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
8 words

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