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Arms. n.s. without the singular number. [arma, Lat.]

  1. 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.

  2. A state of hostility.

    Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
    With many more confed'rates, are in arms.
    Shakes. R. III.

  3. 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.

  4. Action; the act of taking arms.

    Up rose the victor angels, and to arms
    The matin trumpet sung.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. vi.

  5. The ensigns amorial of a family.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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