order arms


: a command to return the rifle to order arms from present arms or to drop the hand from a hand salute
: a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held vertically beside the right leg with the butt resting on the ground

Examples of order arms in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other prescriptions are filled by the retailers’ mail-order arms or other mail-order pharmacies. Laura Stevens, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2017

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Word History


from the command order arms!

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of order arms was in 1847

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“Order arms.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/order%20arms. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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