port arms


: a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held diagonally in front of the body with the muzzle pointing upward to the left
also : a command to assume this position

Examples of port arms in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An infantry Marine may see the slanted structure as a soldier at port arms. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2019

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Word History


from the command port arms!

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of port arms was in 1795

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“Port arms.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/port%20arms. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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