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 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, "10 largest meat-eating dinosaurs," 5 Apr. 2020 Their smattering of freedom fighters with small arms don’t stand a chance against Imperial armor. Wired, "Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars," 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, "Grizzly Is a Rugged Tank Robot That Could Carry a Soldier’s Stuff," 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, "As Commerce Dept. Starts Regulating Some Gun Exports, Experts Worry It Doesn’t Have All the Info It Needs," 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, "'Not Black Hawk Down anymore': US and Somalia team up to fight terrorists," 3 Mar. 2020 Lines connect their small arms to the buffalo's chest. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "The oldest story ever told is painted on a cave wall in Indonesia, archaeologists report," 12 Dec. 2019 Most conflict deaths are caused by small arms, which tend to last longer and spread further than other weapons. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The Trump administration made it easier to export the AR-15," 29 Jan. 2020 Over the past months, Palestinians have mainly fired small arms, flown flaming kites and attempted to cross the border in small groups. Felicia Schwartz And Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israeli Jets Hit Gaza Targets After Militants Fire Projectiles Over Border," 29 May 2018

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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 30 Oct. 2020.

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