present arms

play
noun pre·sent arms \pri-ˈzent-\

Definition of present arms

  1. 1 :  a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held vertically in front of the body

  2. 2 :  a command to assume the position of present arms or to give a hand salute

Origin and Etymology of present arms

from the command present arms!


First Known Use: circa 1884


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up present arms? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

clear to the understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!