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 .
Later customs as to what weapons were allowed became more elaborate, but equality of armor and weapons was still the expectation.
The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat Steven Isaac June 2, 2014
The little black dress is “like armor” in the sense that it bestows confidence on its wearer, Steele says.
From the Anti-Rape Bra to Chastity Belts: How Women Use Clothing for Protection Soraya Roberts June 4, 2013
A similar pattern occurred when metal swords, armor, cavalry charges and dense infantry ranks developed.
War! What Is It Good For? A Lot Nick Romeo August 12, 2014
The house, founded in 1992 by Lee Alexander McQueen, has found its inspiration in everything from medieval armor to witch-hunts.
Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen: Lady in Red Robin Givhan January 18, 2011
This would seem reasonable, since in that direction lay the only territory open enough for swift attack by armor.
Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day James Jones November 14, 2014
“Our only armor against such influences is firm principle,” answered the old man, encouragingly.
Father Brighthopes John Townsend Trowbridge
He is fitted for his vocation; he has watched all night by his armor.
The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) John Greenleaf Whittier
These fought bravely and defied the Grecian spears with the strength of their armor.
Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15) Charles Morris
Longfellow’s Skeleton in armor has revealed their temporary settlement.
The Bay State Monthly, Vol. 1, Issue 1. Various
On the drenched earth the armor and arms swam in the blood of the enemy as in a river.
History Of Ancient Civilization Charles Seignobos
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
, as dada, based on total rejection of established artistic practices and aesthetic values in favor of those that are arbitrary, shocking, and meaningless.
of or relating to any substance that prevents, inhibits, or alleviates heartbeat irregularities. any such substance, as lidocaine. antiarrhythmic an·ti·ar·rhyth·mic (ān’tē-ə-rĭð’mĭk, ān’tī-) adj. Preventing or alleviating irregularities in the force or rhythm of the heart. n. An antiarrhythmic substance, such as lidocaine.
of or relating to a medicine or therapy that relieves the symptoms of . a remedy or treatment for arthritis. Historical Examples We have already considered at some length (p. 200) a number of antiarthritic medicines that seem to act in a chemical manner. The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
- Anti assimilation
the act or process of , or of absorbing information, experiences, etc.: the need for quick assimilation of the facts. the state or condition of being , or of being absorbed into something. the process of adapting or adjusting to the culture of a group or nation, or the state of being so adapted: assimilation […]