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small arm

Usually, small arms. a firearm designed to be held in one or both hands while being fired: in the U.S. the term is applied to weapons of a caliber of up to one inch (2.5 cm).
Origin of small arm
First recorded in 1680-90
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small-armed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She clenched her small arm and held it out so that Mr. Bracken could feel her muscles.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • Man the starboard guns; to starboard, and wait, all small arm men.

    Westward Ho! Charles Kingsley
  • And ever the sword of Hugh John Picton flashed to the salute, and his small arm waxed weary as it rose and fell.

  • We soon reached a small arm of the Arkansas, on whose fresh, cool water we and our cattle fell insanely.

  • A little further on they came to a lovely village on a hill, overlooking a river which was a small arm of the sea.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • Now, suppose each shaft to carry a small, toothed wheel, and that upon these teeth a small arm rests.

    Steam Steel and Electricity James W. Steele
  • A small arm slipped around his neck—a cold hand pressed against his cheek.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • small arm ammunition was always plentiful, and the machine gunners, thanks to the Navy, never had to go short.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • He caught Robin's hand and pumped her small arm until it ached.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • This is the small arm which had such great effect for the French in the first days of the war.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.

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