Definitions

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  • adv. used to order an attack, a summons to war or battle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. ! a summons to war or battle.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Podiebrand, who became King of Bohemia on Wladislaw's death in 1457, had to resort to arms to secure recognition in Moravia from the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Kissinger accordingly instituted comprehensive reviews of all the major policy issuesranging from Vietnam to strategic weapons policy to arms control to China.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • The NPT is the most widely adhered to arms control treaty ever.

    Cuba's Accession to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • Earl Ranulf of Chester was an independent-minded demi-king in a strong northern palatine, and married to a daughter of the earl of Gloucester, the empress's half-brother and chief champion in this fight, but he had grudges against both factions, and had kept a cautious peace in his own realm so far, without committing himself to arms for either party.

    The Devil's Novice

  • Drummers beat the militias to arms and families began loading possessions on wagons to retreat to safer ground.

    Robert Morris

  • Attendants were busy here and there, some rearranging what had been left in disorder by the call to arms by which the troops had been summoned from their places of rest, and others providing refreshments-and food for their victorious comrades when they should return from the battle.

    History of Julius Caesar

  • Again, in xvi, David, then arrived at full manhood and experienced in warfare, is called to court to play before Saul and is made his armour-bearer, and yet in the very next chapter he appears as a shepherd lad unused to arms and unknown both to Saul and to

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Now only the man called Gershom remained — thanks to arms and shoulders strengthened by months of labor in the copper mines of Kypros, wielding pick and hammer and bearing on his back sacks of ore.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • The warrior-defender in her spirit had risen in a snap call to arms as her mind wrestled with who could have abused him so.

    Surrender the Dark

  • On a resolution in relation to arms in Horry District ... ..

    Journal of the Senate of South Carolina: Being the Session of 1862.

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  • "To Arms is the signal for getting under arms in case of alarm."

    August 26, 2008