from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • armed and equipped and in readiness for battle, or for a military parade.
  • prep. Enrolled for military service.

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

  • adv. armed and prepared for fighting


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  • Lupicinus had invited the Gothic chiefs to a splendid entertainment; and their martial train remained under arms at the entrance of the palace.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • And the holy King told me, that he and his mother, who were at Montl'hery, durst not return to Paris until the men of Paris came under arms to fetch them.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • Thanks in part to Steuben’s training, he was able to do so in an orderly manner, while Washington, preparing to go to Lafayette’s aid, was able in less than fifteen minutes to have his whole army under arms and ready to march.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Gnaeus Mallius’s men haven’t had the time or the training under arms that your men have.

    The First Man in Rome

  • Heilbronn a common chancery was to be established for all the rebel bands; the great majority of the rebels under arms were to go home and only a select body was to keep the field.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • In actual fact, the original figure was probably much nearer the truth, but the Soviet mobilisation machinery was highly efficient, succeeding in putting over a million men under arms before the end of July.


  • We got under arms at nightfall, and a little after daybreak reached a plain which lies before the city, which they now call "Belinas" and ancient Scripture calls "Cesarea Philippi."

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • The second night we slept at Henderson's Ranch, near Keeney's ferry, where Lieutenant Ecstein, field quartermaster, joined us, and we went the next day to Reinhard's Crossing, just in time to meet Stuart's column which had already reached that point a few hours before us, and had been kept under arms ready to move.

    Life Among The Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims


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