port arms

noun

Definition of 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, "Military museums grapple with a mission that’s only getting more complex," 9 Oct. 2019 Zhang Wei, executive director of Cosco’s port arm, said in April. By Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "Boxed In at the Docks: How a Lifeline From China Changed Greece," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of port arms

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for port arms

from the command port arms!

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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