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a storage place for weapons and other war equipment.
a building that is the headquarters and drill center of a military unit.
a place where arms and armor are made; an armorer’s shop; arsenal.
Heraldry. the art of blazoning arms.
arms or armor collectively.
Archaic. heraldic bearings or arms.
Contemporary Examples

Abbott testified that Williams had overseen the armory and that none of the weapons or anything else had ever gone missing.
Mike McLelland Investigation Focuses on Those the D.A. Prosecuted Michael Daly April 2, 2013

There is however in his armory one last weapon to be deployed to restore some self-respect.
BP’s Chief Fights for Survival Tom Bower July 4, 2010

His first moves were sensible enough, given the small number of his force and the sprawling size of the armory.
When Robert E. Lee Met John Brown and Saved the Union Michael Korda May 14, 2014

The armory art fair that opened this week in New York, like any other art fair, represents the opposite of all that.
The Yes List: A Sam’s Club for Art? The Daily Beast March 3, 2011

The movie shot a few days inside the armory, and Franco was given a crash course in the world of Kink.com.
James Franco Gets Kinky: Inside the BDSM Porn Documentary ‘Kink’ Marlow Stern August 22, 2014

Historical Examples

But Melanthius, the goatherd, crept up to the armory and brought down therefrom twelve helmets and shields, and spears as many.
Stories of the Old world Alfred John Church

Then the Dragon-King was frightened, and had the heaviest weapon in his armory brought in.
The Chinese Fairy Book Various

Her neck is as the tower of David, builded for an armory, whereon there hang 1,000 bucklers and shields of mighty men.
The Commonwealth of Oceana James Harrington

So we come back home to Newyork and they lock us up in the armory.
Mutineer Robert J. Shea

His superintendency was the longest of any in the history of the armory.
The Strange Story of Harper’s Ferry Joseph Barry

noun (pl) -mories
the usual US spelling of armoury

“arms and weapons collectively,” c.1300; see arm (n.2) + -ory. Meaning “place where arms are manufactured” is from mid-15c. Also used in a sense of “arsenal” (mid-15c.), “the science of heraldry” (late 15c.), from Old French armoierie, from armoier “to blazon,” from Latin arma “weapons” (see arm (n.2)).


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