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by force of arms

Definition of by force of arms

  1. :  by using weapons :  by military action <He feels that this conflict can only be resolved by force of arms.>



Word by Word Definitions

forceplay
  1. :  strength or energy exerted or brought to bear :  cause of motion or change :  active power

    : used with a number to indicate the strength of the wind according to the Beaufort scale

    :  moral or mental strength

  1. :  to do violence to

    :  rape

    :  to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

armplay arms
  1. :  a human upper limb

    :  the part between the shoulder and the wrist

    :  something like or corresponding to an arm: as

  1. :  to furnish or equip with weapons

    :  to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

    :  to equip or ready for action or operation

  1. :  a means (as a weapon) of offense or defense

    :  firearm

    :  a combat branch (as of an army)


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