1 weapons collectively
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2 military exploits
prowess in arms
3 the official heraldic symbols of a family, state, etc., including a shield with distinctive devices, and often supports, a crest, or other insignia
b to serve in the armed forces
in or under arms armed and prepared for war
lay down one's arms to stop fighting; surrender
present arms (Military)
a a position of salute in which the rifle is brought up to a position vertically in line with the body, muzzle uppermost and trigger guard to the fore
b the command for this drill
take (up) arms to prepare to fight
to arms! arm yourselves!
up in arms indignant; prepared to protest strongly
(C13: from Old French armes, from Latin arma; see arm2)
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