Definition of arsenal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɑːsənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːrsənl//
    Historic buildings
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  1. 1a collection of weapons such as guns and explosives Britain’s nuclear arsenal
  2. 2a building where military weapons and explosives are made or stored See related entries: Historic buildings
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent. (denoting a dock for the construction and repair of ships): from French, or from obsolete Italian arzanale, based on Arabic dār-aṣ-ṣinā‘a, from dār ‘house’ + al- ‘(of) the’ + sinā‘a ‘art, industry’.Extra examples A group of soldiers unsuccessfully attacked an arsenal close to the airport. The building was used as an arsenal until the eighteenth century. The cost of the proposed military arsenal is huge. The treaty requires them to reduce their nuclear arsenal by 30%.

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