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Wea'pon. n.s. [ƿapon, Saxon.] Instrument of offence; something with which one is armed to hurt another.

                        The giant
Down let fall his arm, and soft withdrew
His weaponhuge, that heaved was on high,
For to have slain the man that on the ground did ly.
Fa. Q.

The cry of Talbot serves me for a sword;
For I have loaden me with many spoils,
Using no other weapon but his name.
Shakesp. Henry VI.

                    Take this weapon
Which I have here recover'd from the Moor.
Shakesp. Othello.

            Touch me with noble anger;
O let not womens weapons, water drops,
Stain my man's cheeks.
Shakespeare's King Lear.

His foes, who came to bring him death,
Bring him a weapon that before had none.

With his full force he whirl'd it first around,
Imperial Juno turn'd the course before;
And fix'd the wand'ring weapon in the door.
Dryden's Æn.

Sources: Daniel, Samuel (28) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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