small arm


Definition of small arm

: a handheld firearm (such as a handgun or shoulder arm) usually used in plural

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Examples of small arm in a Sentence

the soldiers keep their small arms securely in their holsters when not on patrol
Recent Examples on the Web The earbuds themselves feature a sloped oval design, with a small arm that extends into the ear. Maren Estrada, BGR, 6 Sep. 2021 The creative brain trust of the company has always had a special reverence for this comparatively small arm of its business. WSJ, 26 Aug. 2021 The earbuds themselves are small and circular, with a small arm that protrudes into your ears. Christian De Looper, BGR, 20 July 2021 The Apex predator differentiates from T. Rex due to its smaller arms and skull shape, though there’s still some controversy over whether or not Tarbosaurus was its own dinosaur or a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Fox News, 5 Apr. 2020 Their smattering of freedom fighters with small arms don’t stand a chance against Imperial armor. Wired, 4 Dec. 2019 The Grizzly, developed by Textron Systems, could carry extra small arms ammunition, anti-tank weapons, mines, medical equipment, and other gear. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2019 Now, after years of debate, the Commerce Department is set to take over export controls for a significant share of the smaller arms that U.S. companies sell to foreign buyers. Sean Campbell, ProPublica, 10 Mar. 2020 Although the country remains under a partial arms embargo imposed by the United Nations, government forces fight al Shabab primarily using AK-47 small arms. Susan Katz Keating, Washington Examiner, 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of small arm

1674, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of small arm was in 1674

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“Small arm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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