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arms US English

Weapons and ammunition; armaments

arms US Thesaurus

the illegal export of arms

adjustable-rate mortgage US English

A mortgage whose rate of interest is adjusted periodically to reflect market conditions

arm1 US English

Each of the two upper limbs of the human body from the shoulder to the hand

arm2 US English

Supply or provide with weapons

arms race US English

A competition between nations for superiority in the development and accumulation of weapons, especially between the US and the former Soviet Union during the Cold War

bear arms US English

Carry firearms

under arms US English

Equipped and ready for war or battle

order arms US English

Hold a rifle with its butt on the ground close to one’s right side

small arms US English

Portable firearms, especially rifles, pistols, and light machine guns

stack arms US English

Place a number of rifles with their butts on the ground and the muzzles together

arm's length New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

up in arms US English

Protesting vigorously about something

arms control US English

International disarmament or arms limitation, especially by mutual consent

canting arms US English

Arms containing an allusion to the name of the bearer

present arms US English

(Usually as a command) hold a rifle vertically in front of the body as a salute

shoulder arms US English

Hold a rifle against the side of the body, barrel upward

take up arms US English

Begin fighting

babe in arms US English

A baby that is too young to walk

coat of arms US English

The distinctive heraldic bearings or shield of a person, family, corporation, or country

King of Arms US English

(In the UK) a chief herald. Those now at the College of Arms are the Garter, Clarenceux, and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms; the Lyon King of Arms has jurisdiction in Scotland

man-at-arms US English

A soldier, especially one heavily armed and mounted on horseback

at port arms US English

In the position adopted when given a command to port one’s weapon

King of Arms New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

a chief herald; the three Kings of Arms at the College of Arms are Garter, Clarenceux, and Norroy and Ulster

at arm's length US English

Away from the body, with the arm fully extended

with open arms US English

With great affection or enthusiasm

fold one's arms US English

Bring one’s arms together and cross them over one’s chest

master-at-arms US English

A naval petty officer appointed to carry out or supervise police duties on board a ship

office of arms US English

The College of Arms, or a similar body in another country

stand of arms US English

A complete set of weapons for one man

into the arms of US English

Into the possession or control of

within arm's reach US English

Near enough to reach by extending one’s arm

a call to arms US English

A call to prepare for confrontation

brothers in arms US English

Soldiers fighting together, especially in a war

College of Arms US English

(In the UK) a corporation that officially records and grants armorial bearings. Formed in 1484, it comprises three Kings of Arms, six heralds, and four pursuivants

companion-in-arms US English

A fellow soldier

gentleman-at-arms US English

One of the bodyguards of the British monarch on ceremonial occasions

officer of arms US English

A heraldic official; a herald or pursuivant

passage of arms US English

A fight or dispute

sergeant-at-arms US English

An official of a legislative or other assembly whose duty includes maintaining order and security

College of Arms New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

corporation which records and grants armorial bearings

gentleman-at-arms New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

bodyguards of the British monarch

serjeant-at-arms New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

official of a legislative assembly


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