from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To stop; check: a brake that automatically arrests motion; arrested the growth of the tumor.
- transitive v. To seize and hold under the authority of law.
- transitive v. To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage.
- intransitive v. To undergo cardiac arrest: The patient arrested en route to the hospital.
- n. The act of detaining in legal custody: the arrest of a criminal suspect.
- n. The state of being so detained: a criminal under arrest.
- n. A device for stopping motion, especially of a moving part.
- n. The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A check, stop, an act or instance of arresting something.
- n. The condition of being stopped, standstill.
- n. The act of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.
- n. A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.
- n. A device to physically arrest motion.
- n. The judicial detention of a ship to secure a financial claim against its operators.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of
- transitive v. To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law.
- transitive v. To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch.
- transitive v. To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.
- intransitive v. To tarry; to rest.
- n. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint.
- n. The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant.
- n. Any seizure by power, physical or moral.
- n. A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; -- also named rat-tails.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stop forcibly; check or hinder the motion or action of: as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the course of justice.
- To take, seize, or apprehend by virtue of a legal warrant or official authority; take into custody: as, to arrest one for a crime or misdemeanor.
- To seize and fix; engage; secure; catch; take: as, to arrest the eyes or the attention.
- To rest or fix.
- In Scots and admiralty law, to seize (property) for debt or the satisfaction of a claim; attach or levy upon.
- n. The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; suspension of movement or action: as, an arrest of the vital functions; “the stop and arrest of the air,” Bacon.
- n. Self-restraint; self-command.
- n. Any seizure or taking by force, physical or moral; hindrance; interruption; stoppage; restraint.
- n. In machinery, any contrivance which stops or retards motion.
- n. In law, the taking of a person into custody of the law, usually by virtue of a warrant from authority.
- n. In admiralty law, the taking of a ship into custody by virtue of a warrant from a court.—
- n. In Scots law, attachment; seizure of property, funds, etc., by legal process, as for debt or the satisfaction of a claim.
- n. A mangy tumor on the back part of the hind leg of a horse. Also called rat-tail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take into custody
- v. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
- v. cause to stop
- v. attract and fix
- n. the state of inactivity following an interruption
- n. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Middle English aresten, from Old French arester, from Vulgar Latin *arrestāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin restāre, to stand still (re-, re- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French arester ("to stay, stop"), from Vulgar Latin *arrestare, from Latin ad- ("to") + restare ("to stop, remain behind, stay back"), from re- ("back") + stare ("to stand"), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (“to stand”). (Wiktionary)