• Attack Upon an Egyptian Fortress by Troops Of Various Arms
    Attack Upon an Egyptian Fortress by Troops Of Various Arms
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj armed (used of persons or the military) characterized by having or bearing arms "armed robbery"
    • adj armed (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns
    • adj armed having arms or arms as specified; used especially in combination "the many-armed goddess Shiva"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Heavy Infantry of The Princes Of SiÛt, Armed With Lance and Buckler the Heavy Infantry of The Princes Of SiÛt, Armed With Lance and Buckler
Two girls, their arms full of flowers and foliage Two girls, their arms full of flowers and foliage
A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand
Coat of Arms, Essen Coat of Arms, Essen
Arm Palette Arm Palette
The giant carries the Prince under one arm The giant carries the Prince under one arm
The bear chief changes the boys' arms and legs The bear chief changes the boys' arms and legs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The extended right arm of the Statue of Liberty is 42 feet long.
    • Armed Furnished with weapons of offense or defense; furnished with the means of security or protection. "And armed host."
    • Armed Furnished with whatever serves to add strength, force, or efficiency. "A distemper eminently armed from heaven."
    • Armed (Her) Having horns, beak, talons, etc; -- said of beasts and birds of prey.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The kangaroo and the emu are shown supporting the shield on Australia's coat of arms.
    • armed Bearing arms; furnished with means of offense and defense: as, an armed force or ship; “the armed rhinoceros,”
    • armed Supported by arms; carried on or maintained by force or readiness for military action: as, an armed inroad; armed peace or neutrality.
    • armed In heraldry, having the beaks, talons, horns, or teeth, or, of an arrow or lance, having the head, of the color specified: as, a lion gules armed or. The word is not used for the horns of a hart or buck. See attired.
    • armed In physical, furnished with an armature or a piece of iron so as to connect the poles, as a horseshoe magnet.
    • armed In botany, having prickles or thorns.
    • armed In heraldry, dressed in complete plate-armor, but having the vizor open: said of a warrior used as a bearing or supporter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are ten human body parts that are only three letters long: eye, hip, arm, leg, ear, toe, jaw, rib, lip, and gum.
    • adj Armed (ärmd, or arm′ed) furnished with arms: provided with means of defence
    • adj Armed (bot.) having prickles or thorns
    • adj Armed (her.) having part of the body different in colour from the rest, as a beak, claws, &c. of a bird
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  • Max Gunther
    Max Gunther
    “If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.”
  • John Newton
    John Newton
    “If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer--His grace sufficient, His promises unchangeable.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.”


Arm and a leg - If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.
Armed to the teeth - If people are armed to the teeth, they have lots of weapons.
At arm's length - If something is at arm's length, it is a safe distance waway from you.
Babe in arms - A babe in arms is a very young child, or a person who is very young to be holding a position.
Deep pockets but short arms - Someone who has money but never puts his hand in his pocket to pay for anything has deep pockets but short arms.
It cost an arm and a leg - If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
Keep someone at arm's length - If you keep someone or something at arm's length, you keep a safe distance away from them.
Shot in the arm - If something gives you a shot in the arm, it encourages you, gives you energy or improves morale.
Talk your arm off - Someone who talks so much that it is a strain to listen can talk your arm off.
Twist someone's arm - If you twist someone's arm, you put pressure on them to try to make them do what you want them to do.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. arma; cog. with Arm.


In literature:

She gathered him into her arms, his shaggy head upon her breast, and rocked him to and fro in the darkness.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
The two vessels were laid yard-arm to yard-arm; and a hot battle ensued, in which the Americans came off the victors.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
There's a pair arm in arm.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
My arms, men, bring my arms!
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Though by agreement without arms, both were sufficiently armed, and they knew that of each other.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Dickie leaned his arm against the arm of the sofa, and looked up at the speaker.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
By sundown they reached one of the eastern arms of Moosehead Lake, and built a-temporary lean-to among the rocks and trees.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
While the dessert is being brought in, Cecil touches her father's arm gently.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
His arms were heaped with fragrant spruce boughs.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Presently, however, Catherine threw her arm round her with a tender protectingness.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward

In poetry:

And I said, you remember,
Those fore-arms of yours
Were finer than bronzes
And you were glad.
"Aztec" by Carl Sandburg
Tenderly, tenderly
To him I am clinging,
But he slips from my fond arms,
Death bells are ringing
"Gone" by Nora Pembroke
When Smiggs bought the goose
He suspected no harm,
But a naughty boy stole it
From under his arm.
"The Christmas Goose" by William Topaz McGonagall
We raise our arms
The street climbs into the sky
We lower our eyes
The roofs go down into the earth
"Far Within Us #1" by Vasko Popa
Upright neck, shining breast,
Hair true lapis lazuli;
Arms surpassing gold,
Fingers like lotus buds.
"Sister Without Peer" by Anonymous Africas
To her farm, to my farm,
Loathing we returned;
Pale beneath a gallow's arm
The planet Saturn burned.
"Exmoor Verses" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

In news:

To parents, youth sports an 'athletic arms race '.
Retailers' Black Friday Arms Race Backfires.
Hacking kits fuel cyberspace arms race .
Iran Nuclear-Weapons Bid Might Trigger Arms Race , Cameron Says.
NFL's arms race proves to be passing trend.
Illinois' escalating super PAC arms race .
Iran expanding arms race to cyberspace, say experts.
A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce.
The threat of a new nuclear arms race .
An ' arms race ' in visual experience.
Aetna, Coventry and the arms race in health care.
A formula for a Mideast arms race .
In arms race , Astros may seek outside help.
China, India in Himalayan arms race .
Peyton Manning new leader of Broncos' arms race .

In science:

The module is over a ring of polynomials in three variables, corresponding to the three time delays along the three arms of the interferometer.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
The detector was placed on a movable arm around the fixed radiator holder.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
For large fields the probability distribution narrows down to a single U shaped configuration with equally long arms at both sides of the center of the chain.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
Streinu. A combinatorial approach to planar non-colliding robot arm motion planning.
Computational Geometry Column 43
Armed with the above identities, we may analyze yet another portion of the surface integrals of Eq. (2.155).
Variational Principles in General Relativity