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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARMOR

But when they sat at meals, loosening their armor buckles, then there would be news.

Ah, the truthful glass betrayed the weak point in her armor—the boots.

I, who wear no armor, will go as far as any one with breastplate of mail.

The general aspect of the Rhinoceros is that of a hog in armor on a grand scale.

He is fitted for his vocation; he has watched all night by his armor.

Longfellow's Skeleton in Armor has revealed their temporary settlement.

It has happened, however, that a man's own armor has been the death of him.

This third line of trenches was protected with armor plate and concrete.

The armor of his forts was calculated to withstand the 36-lb.

In that armor of nature's providing he will not shiver or shake any more.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ARMOR

armor plate

nounhardened steel plate
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