A stand of arms


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. --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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  • Stand of arms — Stand Stand (st[a^]nd), n. [AS. stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] 1. The act of standing. [1913 Webster] I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into their several ladings. Spectator. [1913 Webster] 2. A halt or stop for the purpose of defense,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stand of arms — Complete set of arms …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • stand to arms ! — take your weapons, grab your weapons …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stand of arms — noun archaic a complete set of weapons for one man …   English new terms dictionary

  • Stand — (st[a^]nd), n. [AS. stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] 1. The act of standing. [1913 Webster] I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into their several ladings. Spectator. [1913 Webster] 2. A halt or stop for the purpose of defense, resistance,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stand of ammunition — Stand Stand (st[a^]nd), n. [AS. stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] 1. The act of standing. [1913 Webster] I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into their several ladings. Spectator. [1913 Webster] 2. A halt or stop for the purpose of defense,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stand of colors — Stand Stand (st[a^]nd), n. [AS. stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] 1. The act of standing. [1913 Webster] I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into their several ladings. Spectator. [1913 Webster] 2. A halt or stop for the purpose of defense,… …   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

  • arms — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Weapons Nouns 1. arms, weapon[s], weaponry, firearms, armament, engine of war, materiel; hardware; panoply, stand of arms, military establishment; armory, arsenal (See store); armor (See defense). See… …   English dictionary for students

  • stand — v. & n. v. (past and past part. stood) 1 intr. have or take or maintain an upright position, esp. on the feet or a base. 2 intr. be situated or located (here once stood a village). 3 intr. be of a specified height (stands six foot three). 4 intr …   Useful english dictionary


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