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1 all the weapons and equipment that a country has [syn: armory, armoury]
2 a military structure where arms and ammunition and other military equipment are stored and training is given in the use of arms [syn: armory, armoury]
3 a place where arms are manufactured [syn: armory, armoury]

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  1. A military establishment for the storing, development, manufacturing, testing, or repairing of arms, ammunition, and other war materiel; an armoury
  2. A stock of weapons, especially all the weapons that a nation possesses
  3. A store or supply of anything.
    He arrived with a large arsenal of cleansers and tools, and got right to work.

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Extensive Definition

A first-class arsenal, which can the materiel and equipment of a large army, embraces a gun factory, carriage factory, laboratory and small-arms ammunition factory, small-arms factory, harness, saddlery and tent factories, and a powder factory; in addition it must possess great store-houses. In a second-class arsenal the factories would be replaced by workshops. The situation of an arsenal should be governed by strategic considerations. If of the first class, it should be situated at the base of operations and supply, secure from attack, not too near a frontier, and placed so as to draw in readily the resources of the country. The importance of a large arsenal is such that its defences would be on the scale of those of a large fortress.
The usual subdivision of branches in a great arsenal is into storekeeping, construction and administration. Under storekeeping we should have the following departments and stores: Departments of issue and receipt, pattern room, armoury department, ordnance or park, harness, saddlery and accoutrements, camp equipment, tools and instruments, engineer store, timber yard, breaking-up store, unserviceable store. Under construction: Gun factory, carriage factory, laboratory, small-arms factory, harness and tent factory, powder factory, etc. In a second- class arsenal there would be workshops instead of these factories. Administration: Under the head of administration would be classed the chief director of the arsenal, officials military and civil, non-commissioned officers and military artificers, civilian foremen, workmen and laborers, with the clerks and writers necessary for the office work of the establishments.
In the manufacturing branches are required skill, and efficient and economical work, both executive and administrative; in the storekeeping part, good arrangement, great care, thorough knowledge of all warlike stores, both in their active and passive state, and scrupulous exactness in the custody, issue and receipt of stores. Frederick Taylor introduced command and control techniques to arsenals.
In England the Royal Arsenal (also known as the Woolwich Arsenal) manufactured and stored the requirements of the army and navy; some of its workers founded the London football club Arsenal F.C.. Other arsenals are: Warsaw Arsenal, Arsenal (Vienna), and the Spanish Arsenal in Ferrol.


arsenal in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Арсэнал (будынак)
arsenal in German: Arsenal (Lager)
arsenal in French: Arsenal
arsenal in Italian: Arsenale
arsenal in Dutch: Arsenaal
arsenal in Japanese: 工廠
arsenal in Norwegian: Arsenal
arsenal in Polish: Arsenał
arsenal in Sicilian: Arsinali
arsenal in Slovenian: Arzenal
arsenal in Ukrainian: Арсенал

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