by force of arms

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of by force of arms

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : moral or mental strength

  1. : to do violence to

  2. : to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

  3. : to make or cause especially through natural or logical necessity

arm play arms
  1. : a human upper limb

  2. : something like or corresponding to an arm: such as

  3. : the forelimb of a vertebrate

  1. : to furnish or equip with weapons

  2. : to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

  3. : to equip or ready for action or operation

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

  2. : a combat branch (as of an army)

  3. : an organized branch of national defense (such as the navy)


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