• IPA: /ˈwɛ.pən/

weapon (plural weapons)

  1. An instrument of attack or defense in combat or hunting, e.g. most guns, missiles, or swords.
    The club that is now mostly used for golf was once a common weapon.
  2. An instrument or other means of harming or exerting control over another.
    Money is the main weapon of modern oligarchs.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0029 ↗:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  3. (informal, humorous) A tool of any kind.
    Choose your weapon.
  4. (Scotland, Britain, slang, pejorative) An idiot, an oaf, a fool, a tool; a contemptible or incompetent person.
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  • Russian: ору́жие

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