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English noun: weapon

1. weapon (artifact) any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

SamplesHe was licensed to carry a weapon.

Synonymsarm, weapon system

Broader (hypernym)instrument

Narrower (hyponym)blade, bow, bow and arrow, brand, brass knuckles, brass knucks, fire ship, flamethrower, Greek fire, gun, hatchet, knife, knuckle duster, knuckles, knucks, lance, light arm, missile, missile, pike, projectile, shaft, slasher, sling, spear, steel, stun baton, stun gun, sword, tomahawk, W.M.D., weapon of mass destruction, WMD

Part meronymarms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system

2. weapon (communication) a means of persuading or arguing

SamplesHe used all his conversational weapons.


Broader (hypernym)persuasion, suasion

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