Definitions

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

  • noun plural Instruments or weapons of offense or defense.
  • noun plural The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science.
  • noun plural (Law) Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.
  • noun plural (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.
  • noun plural (Falconry) The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot.
  • noun plural educated to the profession of a soldier.
  • noun plural armed for war; in a state of hostility.
  • noun plural portable firearms known as muskets, rifles, carbines, pistols, etc.
  • noun plural a complete set for one soldier, as a musket, bayonet, cartridge box and belt; frequently, the musket and bayonet alone.
  • noun plural ! a summons to war or battle.
  • noun plural armed and equipped and in readiness for battle, or for a military parade.
  • noun plural See under Arm.

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  • noun Plural form of arm.
  • noun Weapons.
  • noun heraldry Synonym for coat of arms.
  • noun Plural form of arm.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of arm.

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  • noun weapons considered collectively
  • noun the official symbols of a family, state, etc.

Etymologies

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See arm.

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13th Century, from Old French armes, Latin arma.

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  • Yup, I think we've got a pattern. (See comments on eyes and legs.)

    May 22, 2008