small arm


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

Example Sentences

the soldiers keep their small arms securely in their holsters when not on patrol
Recent Examples on the Web Even in this case, where small arms fire is a major threat, the suits would offer barely more than minimal protection. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 To be fair, even light armor has value protecting soldiers against shrapnel and small arms fire while transiting to the frontline. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 1 Mar. 2023 Many Chinese weapons, ranging from small arms to jet fighters and even aircraft carriers, are based on Soviet-era designs. Alastair Gale, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023 The star was promoting the RHOBH's trip to Aspenand cheekily rested her chin on your hands with her two small arm tattoos in full view. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 Once the rover team has completed its cache and NASA has approved the plan, a small arm under the rover will begin to discharge the sample tubes. Byeric Hand,, 20 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition

small arm

: a firearm fired while held in the hands
usually used in plural

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