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definition of the word arms

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
ready ought written #444: arms across answer early

From Middle English < Old English earm, from Germanic *armi- or *arma-, from Proto-Indo-European *ar-mo-, a suffixed form of *ar- (to fit together). Cognates to Avestan arma and Old Persian arma.


  1. Plural form of arm.
    We laid down on the snowbank and moved our arms up and down to make snow angels.

13th Century, from Old French, Latin arma.


  1. Weapons.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      The next thing I laid hold of was a brace of pistols, and as I already had a powder horn and bullets, I felt myself well supplied with arms.
  2. (heraldry) Synonym for coat of arms.
    The Duke's arms were a sable gryphon rampant on an argent field.

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