1 adj Someone who is armed is carrying a weapon, usually a gun.
City police said the man was armed with a revolver., ...a barbed-wire fence patrolled by armed guards..., The rebels are well organised, disciplined and very well armed.
2 adj An armed attack or conflict involves people fighting with guns or carrying weapons.
ADJ n (Antonym: unarmed)
They had been found guilty of armed robbery.
1 comb in adj -armed is used with adjectives to indicate what kind of arms someone has.
...plump-armed women in cotton dresses.
2 comb in adj -armed is used with adjectives such as `nuclear' and nouns such as `missile' to form adjectives that indicate what kind of weapons an army or person has.
...nuclear-armed navy vessels.
The armed forces or the armed services of a country are its military forces, usually the army, navy, marines, and air force. n-plural
one-armed bandit ( one-armed bandits plural ) A one-armed bandit is the same as a fruit machine. n-count
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