Arms. n.s. without the singular number. [arma, Lat.]
- Weapons of offence, or armour of defence.
Those arms which Mars before
Had giv'n the vanquish'd, now the victor bore. Pope's Iliad.
- A state of hostility.
Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
With many more confed'rates, are in arms. Shakes. R. III.
- War in general.
Arms and the man I sing. Dryd. VIrgil.
Him Paris follow'd to the dire alarms,
Both breathing slaughter, both resolv'd in arms. Pope's Iliad.
- Action; the act of taking arms.
Up rose the victor angels, and to arms
The matin trumpet sung. Milton's Paradise Lost, b. vi.
- The ensigns amorial of a family.