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Definitions of arms

  1. weapons considered collectively Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (heraldry) the official symbols of a family, state, etc. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the official symbols of a family, state, etc. Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Instruments or weapons of offense or defense. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The ensigns armorial of a family, consisting of figures and colors borne in shields, banners, etc., as marks of dignity and distinction, and descending from father to son. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Weapons of offense or defense; the military service; as, a call to arms; heraldic bearings or devices; as the coat of arms of the United States. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Weapons of offence and defence: war: hostility: armorial ensigns. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Weapons; armorial bearings. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Weapons of offense, collectively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The military service. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Armorial bearings. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Weapons of war; armour for the body; war; armorial bearings. To arms! a summons to take arms. To be in arms, to be in a state of hostility. To be under arms, to be armed and ready for action. Bred to arms, trained to be a soldier. A pass of arms, a combat with swords. A stand of arms, a complete set for one soldier. Coats of arms, heraldic devices. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Weapons of war; signs armorial. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. Anything that a man wears for his defense, or takes in his hands, or uses in his anger, to cast at or strike at another. Co. Litt. 1616, 162a; State v. Buzzard, 4 Ark. 18. This term, as it Is used in the constitution, relative to the right of citizens to bear arms, refers to the arms of a militiaman or soldier, and the word is used in its military sense. The arms of the infantry soldier are the musket and bayonet; of cavalry and dragoons, the sabre, holster pistols, and carbine; of the artillery, the field-piece, siegegun, and mortar, with side arms. The term, in this connection, cannot be made to cover such weapons as dirks, daggers, slung-shots, sword- canes, brass knuckles, and bowieknives. These are not military arms. English v. State, 35 Tex. 476, 14 Am. Rep. 374; Hill v. State, 53 Ga. 472; Fife v. State, 31 Ark. 455, 25 Am. Rep. 556; Andrews v. State, 3 Heisk. (Tenn.) 170, 8 Am. Rep. 8; Aymette v. State, 2 Humph. (Tenn.) 154. Arms, or coat of arms, signifies insignia, i. e., ensigns of honor, such as were formerly assumed by soldiers of fortune, and painted on their shields to distinguish them; or nearly the same as armorial bearings, (q. v.) thelawdictionary.org
  18. Any thing that a man wears for his defence, or takes in his hands, or uses in his anger, to cast at, or strike at another. Co. Litt. 161 b, 162 a; Crompt. Just. P. 65; Cunn. Dict. h. t. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  19. The Constitution of the United States, Amendm. art. 2, declares, "that a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." In Kentucky, a statute " to prevent persons from wearing concealed arms," has been declared to be unconstitutional; 2 Litt. R. 90; while in Indiana a similar statute has been holden valid and constitutional. 3 Blackf. R. 229. Vide Story, Const. – 1889, 1890 Amer. Citizen, 176; 1 Tuck. Black. App. 300 Rawle on Const. 125. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  20. Heraldry. Signs of arms, or drawings painted on shields, banners, and the like. The arms of the United States are described in the Resolution of Congress, of June 20, 1782. Vide Seal of the United States. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  21. n. pl. [Latin] Instruments for fighting, whether offensive or defensive; –the ensigns armorial of a family. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. Weapons of offence, or armour of defence; a state of hostility; war in general; action, the act of taking arms; the ensigns armorial of a family. Complete Dictionary

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