Weap"on(wp"n; 277), n. [OE. wepen, AS. wpen; akin to OS. wpan, OFries. wpin, wpen, D. wapen, G. waffe, OHG. waffan, wfan, Icel. vpn, Dan. vaaben, Sw. vapen, Goth. wpna, pl.; of uncertain origin. Cf. Wapentake.]
1. An instrument of offensive of defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy, as a gun, a sword, etc.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.2 Cor. x. 4.
They, astonished, all resistance lost,Milton.
All courage; down their idle weapons dropped.
2. Fig.: The means or instrument with which one contends against another; as, argument was his only
weapon. "Woman's weapons, water drops."
(Bot.) A thorn, prickle, or sting with which many plants are furnished.
Concealed weapons. See under Concealed. --
Weapon salve, a salve which was supposed to cure a wound by being applied to the weapon that made it.
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