Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bearing arms; furnished with means of offense and defense: as, an armed force or ship; “the armed rhinoceros,”
  • Supported by arms; carried on or maintained by force or readiness for military action: as, an armed inroad; armed peace or neutrality.
  • In heraldry, having the beaks, talons, horns, or teeth, or, of an arrow or lance, having the head, of the color specified: as, a lion gules armed or. The word is not used for the horns of a hart or buck. See attired.
  • In physical, furnished with an armature or a piece of iron so as to connect the poles, as a horseshoe magnet.
  • In botany, having prickles or thorns.
  • In heraldry, dressed in complete plate-armor, but having the vizor open: said of a warrior used as a bearing or supporter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Furnished with weapons of offense or defense; furnished with the means of security or protection.
  • adjective Furnished with whatever serves to add strength, force, or efficiency.
  • adjective (Her.) Having horns, beak, talons, etc; -- said of beasts and birds of prey.
  • adjective (Blazoning) completely incased in armor, sometimes described as armed cap-à-pie.
  • adjective (Naut.) See under Flute.
  • adjective a magnet provided with an armature.
  • adjective See under Neutrality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective sometimes in combination Equipped, especially with a weapon.
  • adjective prepared for use; loaded.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of arm.
  • adjective Having an arm or arms, often of a specified number or type.
  • adjective heraldry, etc. Coloured in a different tincture from the beast or bird itself.

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

  • adjective (used of persons or the military) characterized by having or bearing arms
  • adjective (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns
  • adjective having arms or arms as specified; used especially in combination

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

arm (“the upper limb of the body”) +‎ -ed

Examples

  • The following day, Phillippe and a band of 200 insurgents armed with vintage rifles and M-16's (some of which, according to Le Monde's Caroit, were provided by the U. S.-armed Dominican military) captured Cap Haitien and began their advance on Port-au-Prince.

    Max Blumenthal: Uncovering A US-Planned Coup In Haiti: The Original Version

  • For federal income tax purposes, the term "armed forces" tends to include commissioned officers, warrant officers, and enlisted personnel in regular and reserve units under control of the Secretaries of the Defense, which are generally the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Syria's state news agency says Syrian troops attacked what it calls "armed terrorist gangs" in Bab Amr and the southern region of Daraa Wednesday.

    Activists: Syrian Tanks, Troops Kill 19 People in South, West

  • Those who remain have posted social networking messages saying they fear a violent crackdown after the government vowed to use force against what it called armed gangs.

    Syrians Brace For Government Backlash Over Killings

  • The disorder reflects an escalation in the battle against President Bashar al-Assad that risks fueling his government's fight against what it calls armed terrorist groups, while pushing protesters to seek arms as they continue to face a military and security apparatus vastly more capable of crushing them.

    Syria Tension Grows

  • Syria's state news agency says Syrian troops attacked what it calls "armed terrorist gangs" in Bab Amr and the southern region of Daraa Wednesday.

    Activists: Syrian Tanks, Troops Kill 19 People in South, West

  • Those who remain have posted social networking messages saying they fear a violent crackdown after the government vowed to use force against what it called armed gangs.

    Syrians Brace For Government Backlash Over Killings

  • Syria's government said a 10-year-old boy and a number of others, including police officers, were injured in Damascus's Midan neighborhood on Friday, when what it called an armed terrorist group detonated an explosive and fired randomly.

    Battles Put Damascus On the Edge

  • The LCC says: The latest episode of this series was in Baba Amr, where the regime attempted to blame what it calls "armed terrorist groups," in order to support its false story before the United Nations' security council meeting to discuss the Syrian file.

    Syria: UN to hear Arab League proposals - live updates

  • The government said a 10-year-old boy and a number of others, including police officers, were injured in Damascus's Midan neighborhood on Friday, when what it called an armed terrorist group detonated an explosive and fired randomly.

    Arab League Suspends Syria Mission

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