Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of taking arms or furnishing with arms: as, an extensive arming of the people.
  • noun In heraldry, a coat of arms.
  • noun Nautical: A piece of tallow placed in a cavity at the lower end of a sounding-lead to bring up a sample of the sand, mud, etc., of the sea-bottom.
  • noun plural A kind of boarding-nettings.
  • noun plural Red dress-cloths formerly hung fore and aft outside the upper works on holidays: still used by some nations.

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

  • noun The act of furnishing with, or taking, arms.
  • noun (Naut.) A piece of tallow placed in a cavity at the lower end of a sounding lead, to bring up the sand, shells, etc., of the sea bottom.
  • noun (Naut.) Red dress cloths formerly hung fore and aft outside of a ship's upper works on holidays.
  • noun (Bookbinding) a press for stamping titles and designs on the covers of books.

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

  • verb Present participle of arm.
  • noun nautical A piece of tallow or soap put in the cavity and over the bottom of a sounding lead to pick up samples of the bottom of the sea.
  • noun The act of supplying with arms and ammunition in preparation of a conflict
  • noun nautical One of the red dress cloths formerly hung fore and aft outside of a ship's upper works on holidays.

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

  • noun the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war

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Examples

  • And the government has an essential role to play in arming consumers with good information.

    How American Health Care Killed My Father

  • Syria and Iran partner closely in arming and financing the main Arab groups fighting Israel — Hamas in the Palestinian territories and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    U.S. Woos Syria in Mideast Peace Push

  • And the government has an essential role to play in arming consumers with good information.

    How American Health Care Killed My Father

  • China may not be facing a widespread Olympic boycott for its human rights abuses, and complicity in arming the Sudanese genocide, but that doesn't mean the China gets a pass.

    Three Things - Swampland - TIME.com

  • I do think something should be done about MI and FL, but blackmail and strong-arming is exactly what puts off so many of Obama's supporters from supporting Clinton.

    Sources: Clinton, Obama supporters discussing exit strategies

  • Obscuring the role that corruption and ineptitude have played in arming and equipping our foes in the interests of drumming up another war just makes me sick beyond belief.

    Biden on Iraq - Swampland - TIME.com

  • All of this is contingent on the banks passing these rate cuts on, of course, which might need some strong-arming from the banks new owners: us.

    A man with a plan

  • All of this is contingent on the banks passing these rate cuts on, of course, which might need some strong-arming from the banks new owners: us.

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  • The US Army are interested in arming soldiers with weapons that can be switched between lethal and non-lethal modes.

    Toy rocket inspires variable-speed bullets « Isegoria

  • Remarkably, no-one seems to be mentioning the role of Russia in arming Iran and the possibility of an independent Israeli response is not being discussed either, although it must still be on the cards.

    Playing to the gallery?

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