- Instruments or weapons of offense or defense."He lays down his arms, but not his wiles." [Milton.]"Three horses and three goodly suits of arms." [Tennyson.]
- The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science." Armsand the man I sing." [Dryden.]
- [Law] Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.
- [Her] 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.
- [Falconry] The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot.
Etymology: OE. armes, F. arme, pl. armes, fr. L. arma, pl., arms, orig. fittings, akin to armus shoulder, and E. arm. See Arm (n.)