Bred to arms
Arms 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. [1913 Webster]

He lays down his arms, but not his wiles. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Three horses and three goodly suits of arms. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science. ``Arms and the man I sing.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon. --Cowell. Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. (Falconry) The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot. --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

{Arm's end},

{Arm's length},

{Arm's reach}. See under {Arm}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bred to arms — Bred Bred, imp. & p. p. of {Breed}. [1913 Webster] {Bred out}, degenerated. The strain of man s bred out into baboon and monkey. Shak. {Bred to arms}. See under {Arms}. {Well bred}. (a) Of a good family; having a good pedigree. A gentleman well… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To arms — Arms 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. [1913 Webster] He lays down his arms, but not his wiles …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bred — Bred, imp. & p. p. of {Breed}. [1913 Webster] {Bred out}, degenerated. The strain of man s bred out into baboon and monkey. Shak. {Bred to arms}. See under {Arms}. {Well bred}. (a) Of a good family; having a good pedigree. A gentleman well bred… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bred out — Bred Bred, imp. & p. p. of {Breed}. [1913 Webster] {Bred out}, degenerated. The strain of man s bred out into baboon and monkey. Shak. {Bred to arms}. See under {Arms}. {Well bred}. (a) Of a good family; having a good pedigree. A gentleman well… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arms — 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. [1913 Webster] He lays down his arms, but not his wiles.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To train — Train Train, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Training}.] [OF. trahiner, tra[ i]ner,F. tra[^i]ner, LL. trahinare, trainare, fr. L. trahere to draw. See {Trail}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To draw along; to trail; to drag. [1913 Webster] In …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To train a gun — Train Train, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Training}.] [OF. trahiner, tra[ i]ner,F. tra[^i]ner, LL. trahinare, trainare, fr. L. trahere to draw. See {Trail}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To draw along; to trail; to drag. [1913 Webster] In …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To train up — Train Train, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Training}.] [OF. trahiner, tra[ i]ner,F. tra[^i]ner, LL. trahinare, trainare, fr. L. trahere to draw. See {Trail}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To draw along; to trail; to drag. [1913 Webster] In …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well bred — Bred Bred, imp. & p. p. of {Breed}. [1913 Webster] {Bred out}, degenerated. The strain of man s bred out into baboon and monkey. Shak. {Bred to arms}. See under {Arms}. {Well bred}. (a) Of a good family; having a good pedigree. A gentleman well… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A stand of arms — Arms 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. [1913 Webster] He lays down his arms, but not his wiles …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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