any covering worn as a defense against weapons.
a suit of armor.
a metallic sheathing or protective covering, especially metal plates, used on warships, vehicles, airplanes, and fortifications.
mechanized units of military forces, as divisions.
Also called armament. any protective covering, as on certain animals, insects, or plants.
any quality, characteristic, situation, or thing that serves as protection:
A chilling courtesy was his only armor.
the outer, protective wrapping of metal, usually fine, braided steel wires, on a cable.
to cover or equip with armor or .
French troops in armoured personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Kidal in northern Mali on Wednesday.
No Quick Fix For Mali: French Troops Can’t End Crisis William Lloyd George January 29, 2013
The armoured plates on the undamaged places on bombers, cut down losses by something like 30 per cent.
Peter Worthington on Thinking Outside the Box David Frum May 16, 2013
In the straggling line battleships and cruisers, armoured and unarmoured, were mingled together.
Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
Cruisers are divided into two classes: armoured and unarmoured.
How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
Even better than these last does the Calosoma know the weak point of the armoured Beetles, concealed beneath the wing-cases.
The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean Henri Fabre
She gave to the cheese-box, or to the armoured turret, one after the other, three broadsides.
The Long Roll Mary Johnston
It had been one of the tenets of war that armoured ships were more than a match for shore batteries.
Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
The Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau were armoured cruisers of 11,600 tons.
World’s War Events, Vol. I Various
The existing Fleet consists of one battleship, two armoured cruisers, and four protected cruisers.
Problems of the Pacific Frank Fox
The Glasgow was not armoured, and could not contend with armoured vessels.
World’s War Events, Vol. I Various
having a protective covering, such as armour or bone
comprising units making use of armoured vehicles: an armoured brigade
(of glass) toughened
the US spelling of armour
c.1300, “mail, defensive covering worn in combat,” also “means of protection,” from Old French armeure “weapons, armor” (12c.), from Latin armatura “arms, equipment,” from arma “arms, gear” (see arm (n.2)). Figurative use from mid-14c.
Meaning “military equipment generally,” especially siege engines, is late 14c. The word might have died with jousting if not for late 19c. transference to metal-shielded machinery beginning with U.S. Civil War ironclads (first attested in this sense in an 1855 report from the U.S. Congressional Committee on Naval Affairs).
mid-15c., from armor (n.). Related: Armored; armoring.
chink in one’s armor
knight in shining armor
- Armoured car
noun (military) a fast lightly armed and armoured vehicle, mainly used for reconnaissance any vehicle strengthened by armoured plate, esp a security van for transporting cash and valuables Historical Examples An armoured car of the older type would have cut a poor figure amid the shell-holes and mine-craters of Northern France. The Romance of War […]
noun a person who makes or mends arms and armour a person employed in the maintenance of small arms and weapons in a military unit Contemporary Examples Then I turned to the right and stopped before a dingy shop which bore the sign: HAWBERK, armourer. Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s […]
. any covering worn as a defense against weapons. a suit of armor. a metallic sheathing or protective covering, especially metal plates, used on warships, vehicles, airplanes, and fortifications. mechanized units of military forces, as divisions. Also called armament. any protective covering, as on certain animals, insects, or plants. any quality, characteristic, situation, or thing […]
noun (pl) -mouries, -mories a secure place for the storage of weapons armour generally (US) a National Guard base (US) a building in which training in the use of arms and drill takes place; drill hall (pl) (Canadian) such a building used for training and as headquarters by a reserve unit of the armed forces […]