Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A governmental establishment for the storing, development, manufacturing, testing, or repairing of arms, ammunition, and other war materiel.
  • n. A stock of weapons.
  • n. A store or supply: an arsenal of retorts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A military establishment for the storing, development, manufacturing, testing, or repairing of arms, ammunition, and other war materiel; an armoury.
  • n. A stock of weapons, especially all the weapons that a nation possesses.
  • n. A store or supply of anything.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A public establishment for the storage, or for the manufacture and storage, of arms and all military equipments, whether for land or naval service.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A repository or magazine of arms and military stores of all kinds, whether for land or naval service.
  • n. A public establishment where naval and military engines or warlike equipments are manufactured.
  • n. Figuratively, a repository of any kind of equipment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a place where arms are manufactured
  • n. all the weapons and equipment that a country has
  • n. a military structure where arms and ammunition and other military equipment are stored and training is given in the use of arms

Etymologies

Italian arsenale, from obsolete arzanale, darsena, from Arabic aṣ ṣinā'a, manufacture, industry, and dār-aṣ-ṣinā'a, place of manufacture : dār, house (from dāra, to turn, revolve; see dwr in Semitic roots) + al-, the + ṣinā'a, manufacture (from ṣana'a, to make; see ṣnʿ in Semitic roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian arzenale, also French arsenal, from Arabic دار الصناعة (dār aṣ-ṣināʕa, "manufacturing shop"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The word was first used by Venetians in the early 12th century for their shipbuilding works. They themselves borrowed it from the Arabic dar as-sina'ah ("house of manufacture").

    July 30, 2008