- 1 (formal) weapons, especially as used by the army, navy, etc. arms and ammunition Police officers in New York usually carry arms. see also firearm, small arms
- 2 = coat of arms Idioms
nounjump to other results
to be a soldier; to fight
bear arms(old use)jump to other results
to have weapons and be ready to fight in a war
be under armsjump to other results
to stop fighting The government called on the terrorists to lay down their arms.
lay down your armsjump to other results
(of soldiers) to hold a rifle vertical in front of the body as a mark of respect
present armsjump to other results
to prepare to fight He encouraged his supporters to take up arms against the state.
take up arms (against somebody)jump to other results
(of a group of people) to be very angry about something and ready to protest strongly about it
(be) up in arms (about/over something)(informal)jump to other results