Dictionary: ARM'INGS – AR-MY

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The same as waist-clothes, hung about a ship's upper works. – Chambers.


Pertaining to Arminius, or designating his principles.


  1. One of a sect or party of Christians, so called from Arminius, or Harmansen, of Holland, who flourished at the close of the 16th century and beginning of the 17th. The Arminian doctrines are, 1. Conditional election and reprobation, in opposition to absolute predestination.
  2. Universal redemption, or that the atonement was made by Christ for all mankind, though none but believers can be partakers of the benefit. 3. That man, in order to exercise true faith, must be regenerated and renewed by the operation of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of God; but that this grace is not irresistible and may be lost; so that men may relapse from a state of grace and die in their sins. – Encyc.


The peculiar doctrines or tenets of the Arminians.

ARM-IP'O-TENCE, n. [arma and potentia. See Potency.]

Power in arms. – Johnson.


Powerful in arms; mighty in battle. – Dryden.

ARM-IS'ON-OUS, a. [arma and sonus. See Sound.]

Sounding or rustling in arms. – Johnson.

ARM'IS-TICE, n. [L. arma and sisto, to stand still; Gr. ἱστημι; Sp. armisticio; It. armistizio; Fr. armistice.]

A cessation of arms, for a short time, by convention; a truce; a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the parties.


Without an arm; destitute of weapons. – Beaumont.

ARM'LET, n. [dim. of arm.]

A little arm; a piece of armor for the arm; a bracelet. – Dryden. Johnson.

ARM'OR, n. [from arm.]

  1. Defensive arms; any habit worn to protect the body in battle; formerly called harness. A complete armor formerly consisted of a casque or helmet, a gorget, cuirass, gauntlets, tasses, brassets, cuishes, and covers for the legs to which the spurs were fastened. – Encyc. In English statutes, armor is used for the whole apparatus of war; including offensive as well as defensive arms. The statutes of armor directed what arms every man should provide, 27 Hen. II. and of Westminster. Hence armor includes all instruments of war. – Blackstone, b. iv, ch. 7; b. 1, ch. 13. Hen. Hist. Brit. b. iii, ch. 1.
  2. In a spiritual sense, good conscience, faith and Christian graces are called armor. – Rom. xiii. Eph. vi. 2 Cor. vi. Coat armor is the escutcheon of a person or family, with its several charges and other furniture, as mantling, crest, supporters, motto, &c. – Encyc.


One who carries the armor of another.


A maker of armor or arms; a manufacture or of instruments of war. The armorer of a ship has the charge of the arms, to see that they are in a condition fit for service.


Belonging to armor, or to the arms or escutcheon of a family; as, ensigns armorial. – Blackstone.

AR-MOR'IC, or AR-MOR'IC-AN, a. [Celtic ar, upon, and mor, the sea; that is, maritime.]

Designating the north-western part of France, formerly called Armorica, afterward Bretagne, or Britanny. This part of France is peopled by inhabitants who speak a dialect of the Celtic. It is usually supposed their ancestors were refugees or colonists from England.


The language of the Armoricans; one of the Celtic dialects which have remained to the present times.


A native of Armorica, or Bretagne.


One skilled in heraldry.

ARM'OR-Y, n.

  1. A place where arms and instruments of war are made or deposited for safe keeping.
  2. Armor; defensive arms. – Milton.
  3. Ensigns armorial. – Spenser.
  4. The knowledge of coat-armor; skill in heraldry. – Encyc.
  5. In the United States, a place or building in which arms are manufactured.

ARM'PIT, n. [arm and pit.]

The hollow plate or cavity under the shoulder. – Moxon.

ARMS', n. [plur. L. arma; Fr. arme; Sp. and It. arma.]

  1. Weapons of offense, or armor for defense and protection of the body.
  2. War; hostility. Arms and the man I sing. – Dryden. To be in arms, to be in a state of hostility, or in a military life. To arms, is a phrase which denotes a taking arms for war or hostility; particularly, a summoning to war. To take arms, is to arm for attack or defense. Bred to arms, denotes that a person has been educated to the profession of a soldier.
  3. The ensigns armorial of a family; consisting of figures and colors borne in shields, banners, &c., as marks of dignity and distinction, and descending from father to son.
  4. In law, arms are any thing which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another. – Cowel. Blackstone.
  5. In botany, one of the seven species of fulcra or props of plants, enumerated by Linnæus and others. The different species of arms or armor, are prickles, thorns, forks and stings, which seem intended to protect the plants from injury by animals. – Milne. Martyn. Fire arms, are such as may be charged with powder, as cannon, muskets, mortars, &c. A stand of arms consists of a musket, bayonet, cartridge-box and belt, with a sword. But for common soldiers a sword is not necessary. In falconry, arms are the legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot. – Encyc.


At the end of the arms; at a good distance; a phrase taken from boxers or wrestlers.


Shaped like the arm. – Smith.


Within reach of the arm.

AR-MY, n. [Fr. armée; Ir. arbhar. or armhar; from the common root of arm, armo, arma.]

  1. A collection or body of men armed for war, and organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades and divisions, under proper officers. In general, an army in modern times consists of infantry and cavalry, with artillery; although the union of all is not essential to the constitution of an army. Among savages, armies are differently formed.
  2. A great number; a vast multitude; as, an army of locusts or caterpillars. Joel ii. 25.