Arms

Definition of Arms

n. pl.1.Instruments or weapons of offense or defense.
He lays down his arms, but not his wiles.
- Milton.
Three horses and three goodly suits of arms.
- Tennyson.
2.The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science.
3.(Law) Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.
4.(Her.) The ensigns armorial of a family, consisting of figures and colors borne in shields, banners, etc., as marks of dignity and distinction, and descending from father to son.
5.(Falconry) The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot.
Bred to arms
educated to the profession of a soldier.
In arms
armed for war; in a state of hostility.
Small arms
portable firearms known as muskets, rifles, carbines, pistols, etc.
A stand of arms
a complete set for one soldier, as a musket, bayonet, cartridge box and belt; frequently, the musket and bayonet alone.
To arms
! a summons to war or battle.
Under arms
armed and equipped and in readiness for battle, or for a military parade.
Arm's end
See under Arm.

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