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Meaning of ARMS

Pronunciation:  'ârmz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (heraldry) the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
  2. [n]  weapons considered collectively

ARMS is a 4 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: blazon, blazonry, coat of arms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system
 See Also: accumulation, aggregation, ammo, ammunition, arm, armament, assemblage, collection, crest, defence system, defense system, gunnery, hardware, heraldry, instrumentality, instrumentation, naval weaponry, quartering, weapon, weapon system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Arms\, n. pl. [OE. armes, F. arme, pl. armes, fr. L. arma,
pl., arms, orig. fittings, akin to armus shoulder, and E.
arm. See {Arm}, n.]
1. Instruments or weapons of offense or defense.

         He lays down his arms, but not his wiles. --Milton.

         Three horses and three goodly suits of arms.

2. The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science.
   ``Arms and the man I sing.'' --Dryden.

3. (Law) Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to
   strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.
   --Cowell. Blackstone.

4. (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.

5. (Falconry) The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot.

{Bred to arms}, educated to the profession of a soldier.

{In arms}, armed for war; in a state of hostility.

{Small arms}, portable firearms known as muskets, rifles,
   carbines, pistols, etc.

{A stand of arms}, a complete set for one soldier, as a
   musket, bayonet, cartridge box and belt; frequently, the
   musket and bayonet alone.

{To arms}! a summons to war or battle.

{Under arms}, armed and equipped and in readiness for battle,
   or for a military parade.

{Arm's end},

{Arm's length},

{Arm's reach}. See under {Arm}.

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