Arm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Armed p. pr. & vb. n. Arming.]
1. To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms. [Obs.]
And make him with our pikes and partisans
A grave: come, arm him. --Shak.
Arm your prize;
I know you will not lose him. --Two N. Kins.
2. To furnish with arms or limbs. [R.]
His shoulders broad and strong,
Armed long and round. --Beau. & Fl.
3. To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country.
Abram . . . armed his trained servants. --Gen. xiv. 14.
4. To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency; as, to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling.
5. Fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.
Arm yourselves . . . with the same mind. --1 Pet. iv. 1.
To arm a magnet, to fit it with an armature.
1. The act of furnishing with, or taking, arms.
The arming was now universal. --Macaulay.
2. Naut. A piece of tallow placed in a cavity at the lower end of a sounding lead, to bring up the sand, shells, etc., of the sea bottom.
3. pl. Naut. Red dress cloths formerly hung fore and aft outside of a ship's upper works on holidays.
Arming press Bookbinding, a press for stamping titles and designs on the covers of books.
n : the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
[syn: armament, equipping] [ant: disarming, disarming]