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Definition: Bred to arms
, n. pl. [OE. armes, F. arme, pl. armes, fr. L. arma,
pl., arms, orig. fittings, akin to armus shoulder, and E.
arm. See Arm
1. 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.
2. The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science.
“Arms and the man I sing.”
3. (Law) Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to
strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.
4. (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.
5. (Falconry) The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot.
Bred to arms
, educated to the profession of a soldier.
, armed for war; in a state of hostility.
, portable firearms known as muskets, rifles,
carbines, pistols, etc.
A stand of arms
, a complete set for one soldier, as a
musket, bayonet, cartridge box and belt; frequently, the
musket and bayonet alone.
! a summons to war or battle.
, armed and equipped and in readiness for battle,
or for a military parade.
. See under Arm
imp. & p. p. of Breed
, degenerated. “The strain of man's bred out into
baboon and monkey.”
Bred to arms
. See under Arms
(a) Of a good family; having a good pedigree. “A gentleman
well bred and of good name.”
--Shak. [Obs., except as
applied to domestic animals.]
(b) Well brought up, as shown in having good manners;
cultivated; refined; polite.