What does arms mean?

Definitions for arms

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word arms.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. weaponry, arms, implements of war, weapons system, munitionnoun

    weapons considered collectively

  2. coat of arms, arms, blazon, blazonrynoun

    the official symbols of a family, state, etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Armsnoun

    without the singular number.

    Etymology: arma, Lat.

    Those arms which Mars before
    Had giv’n the vanquish’d, now the victor bore. Alexander Pope, Iliad.

    Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
    With many more confed’rates, are in arms. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Arms and the man I sing. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Him Paris follow’d to the dire alarms,
    Both breathing slaughter, both resolv’d in arms. Alexander Pope, Iliad.

    Up rose the victor angels, and to arms
    The matin trumpet sung. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.


  1. Arms

    Arms is a song by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri. The song was written by Perri herself, and serves as the second single from her debut album Lovestrong (2011). The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 94. The song's accompanying music video debuted on April 28, 2011 on VH1. "Arms" then made a comeback in 2017 reaching #36 on the iTunes chart passing Auli'i Cravalho's "How Far I'll Go" from the Disney movie Moana (2017).


  1. arms

    Arms are the upper limbs of the human body, extending from the shoulders down to the hands. They are primarily used for physical manipulation, grasping, and interaction with objects or environment. "Arms" can also refer to weapons or military equipment, or any branch or part projecting from the main body of an organization or system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Armsnoun

    instruments or weapons of offense or defense

  2. Armsnoun

    the deeds or exploits of war; military service or science

  3. Armsnoun

    anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon

  4. Armsnoun

    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

  5. Armsnoun

    the legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot

  6. Etymology: [OE. armes, F. arme, pl. armes, fr. L. arma, pl., arms, orig. fittings, akin to armus shoulder, and E. arm. See Arm, n.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. arms

    The munitions of war,--all kinds of weapons whether for offence or defence. Those in a ship are cannons, carronades, mortars, howitzers, muskets, pistols, tomahawks, cutlasses, bayonets, and boarding-pikes.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. arms

    In a general sense, comprehend weapons both of an offensive and defensive character, but in the usual restricted sense they only embrace the former, and in modern warfare include the gun and bayonet, the rifle, the pistol, the carbine, the sword, the lance, cannon, etc., all of which are noticed under their respective heads. For punishment inflicted upon soldiers who sell or otherwise dispose of their arms, see Appendix, Articles of War, 17.

  2. arms

    This term is used in heraldry to designate the devices borne on shields, and includes all the accompaniments, such as the crest, helmet, supporters, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. arms

    Plural form of the word arm.

    We feel so grateful to have our arms to hug each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. ARMS

    What does ARMS stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the ARMS acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ARMS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Arms is ranked #8541 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Arms surname appeared 3,854 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Arms.

    86.6% or 3,341 total occurrences were White.
    7.6% or 295 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 90 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 82 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 27 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arms' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #868

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arms' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2268

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arms in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arms in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of arms in a Sentence

  1. Lindsey Graham:

    Getting a bad deal with Iran is the worst possible outcome because it's going to start a nuclear arms race, and under the agreement they're talking about, you're ensuring they're going to become a nuclear power, the goal was to dismantle their program.

  2. Richard Henry Lee:

    To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.

  3. Megan Ranney:

    Right now, the issue is not so much supply, but it's actually that last mile of getting (vaccines) from the distribution sites to, actually, people's arms, if we have more supply, that's not actually solving for the right problem.

  4. Arthur Bloom:

    Some of what we do, you could call adaptive music making, the folks who are missing limbs or have damaged hands and arms sometimes require specialized instruments, which we provide.

  5. Albert Pike:

    He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the winds. Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and baffle him. Most men yield to the stress of the current... Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous arms struggle on toward ultimate success.

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