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Words used to describe weapons and explosives

anti-aircraft

adjective

designed to destroy aircraft

anti-personnel

adjective

anti-personnel weapons are designed to injure or kill people, rather than destroy buildings or weapons

anti-tank

adjective

designed to destroy tanks (=large military vehicles with big guns)

conventional

adjective

conventional weapons are guns, bombs etc of the usual type, not nuclear weapons. A conventional war is one that does not involve the use of nuclear weapons

explosive

adjective

used for causing an explosion

explosive

adjective

able to explode

heavy

adjective

heavy machines, vehicles, or weapons are large and powerful

heavy

adjective

using a lot of bombs, guns, or other weapons

live

adjective

a live bomb or missile is capable of exploding because it has not yet been used

long-range

adjective

long-range weapons, aircraft etc are able to travel over long distances

non-nuclear

adjective

not using nuclear energy or weapons

nuclear

adjective

relating to weapons that use energy produced in this way

offensive

adjective

used for attacking

strategic

adjective

strategic weapons are designed to hit an enemy’s home country

tactical

adjective

tactical aircraft, missiles, and other weapons are designed to be used over short distances

unexploded

adjective

an unexploded bomb has been dropped or left somewhere but has not exploded, usually because of a fault

munition

adjective

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