• Mr Punch under arrest
    Mr Punch under arrest
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v arrest hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of "Arrest the downward trend","Check the growth of communism in South East Asia","Contain the rebel movement","Turn back the tide of communism"
    • v arrest take into custody "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    • v arrest attract and fix "His look caught her","She caught his eye","Catch the attention of the waiter"
    • v arrest cause to stop "Halt the engines","Arrest the progress","halt the presses"
    • n arrest the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    • n arrest the state of inactivity following an interruption "the negotiations were in arrest","held them in check","during the halt he got some lunch","the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow","he spent the entire stop in his seat"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Arrest of Broussel——352 Arrest of Broussel——352
Arrest of Eunus Arrest of Eunus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. President Franklin Pierce was arrested during his term as President for running over an old lady with his horse, but the charges were later dropped
    • Arrest (Far) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; -- also named rat-tails.
    • Arrest Any seizure by power, physical or moral. "The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc., . . . were sad arrests to his troubled spirit."
    • Arrest The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development. "As the arrest of the air showeth."
    • Arrest (Law) The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant. "William . . . ordered him to be put under arrest .""Our brother Norway] sends out arrests On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys."
    • Arrest To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate. "We may arrest our thoughts upon the divine mercies."
    • Arrest To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.
    • Arrest To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses. "Nor could her virtues the relentless hand
      Of Death arrest ."
    • Arrest (Law) To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime.
    • v. i Arrest To tarry; to rest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 2000, there were 1,579,566 drug arrests in the United States. Of those, close to half were for marijuana
    • arrest To stop forcibly; check or hinder the motion or action of: as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the course of justice.
    • arrest To take, seize, or apprehend by virtue of a legal warrant or official authority; take into custody: as, to arrest one for a crime or misdemeanor.
    • arrest To seize and fix; engage; secure; catch; take: as, to arrest the eyes or the attention.
    • arrest To rest or fix.
    • arrest In Scots and admiralty law, to seize (property) for debt or the satisfaction of a claim; attach or levy upon. Synonyms To stay, interrupt, delay, detain.
    • n arrest The act of stopping, or the state of being stopped; suspension of movement or action: as, an arrest of the vital functions; “the stop and arrest of the air,” Bacon.
    • n arrest Self-restraint; self-command.
    • n arrest Any seizure or taking by force, physical or moral; hindrance; interruption; stoppage; restraint.
    • n arrest In machinery, any contrivance which stops or retards motion.
    • n arrest In law, the taking of a person into custody of the law, usually by virtue of a warrant from authority. An arrest is made by seizing or touching the body or otherwise taking possession of it. By the law of some jurisdictions, arrest is allowed in civil cases for the purpose of enforcing the payment of debts or preventing a defendant from eluding an obligation. In criminal or penal cases arrest is made for the purpose of compelling the person charged with a crime or an offense to appear and submit to justice. In civil cases it cannot be legally effected except by virtue of a precept or writ issued out of some court, but this is often dispensed with in criminal cases. Arrest in civil cases is of two kinds, viz., that which takes place before trial, and is called arrest on mesne process, and that which takes place after trial and judgment, and is called arrest on final process, or arrest in execution.
    • n arrest In admiralty law, the taking of a ship into custody by virtue of a warrant from a court.—
    • n arrest In Scots law, attachment; seizure of property, funds, etc., by legal process, as for debt or the satisfaction of a claim.
    • n arrest A mangy tumor on the back part of the hind leg of a horse. Also called rat-tail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If a child burps during a church service in Omaha, Nebraska his or her parents may be arrested.
    • v.t Arrest ar-rest′ to stop: to seize: to catch the attention: to apprehend by legal authority
    • n Arrest stoppage: seizure by warrant
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  • Stephen B. Leacock
    “Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.”
  • John Berryman
    John Berryman
    “Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aresten, OF. arester, F. arrêter, fr. LL. arrestare,; L. ad, + restare, to remain, stop; re, + stare, to stand. See Rest remainder


In literature:

Brennan, come and arrest him.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
Only the day before yesterday he had a tramp arrested because his movements were ever so little suspicious!
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Have I not the fear of being arrested, as well as yourselves?
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Warrant out for the arrest of the senior partner.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Two horsemen who had followed, keeping out of sight, had orders to arrest him if he changed his course.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
If I was arrested, what would become of poor Kate?
"Seek and Find" by Oliver Optic
We are here to ascertain the facts, to make arrests.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
I shall have you arrested and locked up for an attempt at robbery and murder.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
In 1692 he was again arrested on suspicion of having been concerned in a treasonable plot.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
First of all, getting arrested, which isn't much.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc

In poetry:

Still, still, its beauties lost,
Despised, unloved, forsaken
Can charm the dawn to waken
In an arrested frost.
"The Winter Rose" by Marya Zaturenska
He likewise to procure thy peace,
And save from sin's arrest,
Resign'd himself a sacrifice;
Thy Husband is thy Priest.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
But, if no obliging peeler
Will arrest this midnight squealer,
My own peculiar arm of might
Must undertake the job to-night.
"The Waster Singing at Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
If, mounted on a morning ray,
I fly beyond the western sea,
Thy swifter hand would first arrive,
And there arrest thy fugitive.
"Psalm 139 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Hark ! heard you that deep groan,
Which dying pangs arrest ?
The stifled sigh, the hollow moan,
Wrung from the patriot's breast ?
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Useless was the vassal's effort
To arrest the living flow;
And it passed by Eachan's passage
Spite of hound, and shout, and blow.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Michael Hurd was arrested shortly after two warrants were issued for his arrest 11 News has not learned where he was arrested .
Griffins player Riley Sheahan arrested Griffins player Riley Sheahan is arrested by Grand Rapids Police Oct 29, 2012.
Investigators believe there is no connection between these arrests and a fatal shooting of a Clemson student this weekend that resulted in three separate arrests , Morgan said.
British police arrested three people Tuesday as part of their investigation into the manipulation of a key benchmark interest rate - the first British arrests in a scandal that's had global ramifications.
British police arrested three people Tuesday as part of their investigation into the manipulation of a key benchmark interest rate _ the first British arrests in a scandal that's had global ramifications.
AWOL Fairbanks-based Stryker soldier arrested in Fla. FAIRBANKS — A Stryker soldier arrested while undergoing mental health treatment in Florida was returned to Fort Wainwright on Wednesday.
Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic was arrested Thursday in Serbia, more than a decade after a warrant was issued for his arrest for his involvement in the Bosnian war of the 1990s.
Hermiston Police arrest a teenage boy Friday morning on an active warrant involving a previous arrest for his alleged involvment in a bank robber y earlier this year.
Man arrested in Ariz. Phoenix police say they've arrested a Chicago man in the baseball bat killing of his ex-wife's new boyfriend.
Riley Sheahan's arrest bizarre , but he's not alone - 5 other regrettable arrests.
A US Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas famous for arresting celebrities on drug charges has arrested a person associated with the rapper Nelly.
CARL RUSSO/Staff photo Lawrence police display some of the counterfeit bills seized when they arrested two men during a drug arrest.
A Naples man accused of punching his neighbor was arrested after police saw him bragging about it on Twitter, according to an arrest report.
Two men were arrested Tuesday, for possession of a large amount of heroin and two loaded handguns, after they were arrested in last weeks heroin bust.
Sumter police have arrested two people in connection with a. Lexington County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested the.

In science:

Providing that the diffuse effect of the large-scale magnetic field is relatively unimportant, large-scale magnetic field lines can be ‘arrested’ by the accretion disk, being dragged from the outer region toward the central BH (Narayan et al. 2003; Spruit & Uzdensky 2005; Rothstein & Lovelace 2008).
Launching and Quenching of Black Hole Relativistic Jets at Low Accretion Rate
Since an SSD can confine more large-scale field than an ADAF because of its greater surface density for a fixed ε, the large-scale field arrested in the inner ADAF for a combined disk (solid line) is relatively stronger than what the ADAF alone would bring into the BH (dashed line).
Launching and Quenching of Black Hole Relativistic Jets at Low Accretion Rate
Such an understanding is certainly needed for a detailed description of the freezing phenomena in systems with disorder, with the spin-glasslike arrest being the paradigmatic example.
Freezing Transitions and Extreme Values: Random Matrix Theory, $\zeta(1/2+it)$, and Disordered Landscapes
These examples are interesting because they have led directly to a phenomenon known as a “magnetically arrested” accretion state [218], where the accumulation of magnetic field near the black hole is sufficient to temporarily halt the inflow of matter.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
Figure 22: Top: Distributions of density in the meridional plane at different simulation times, showing a magnetically arrested state (left ) and a non-arrested state (right ).
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory