(in the manual of arms in close-order drill) a position in which the rifle is held at the right side, with its butt on the ground.
(as an interjection) the command to move the rifle to this position.
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How to use order arms in a sentence
Every morning the hill rang from one end to the other with the sharp commands of the company officers to "order arms!"Three Years in the Sixth Corps | George T. Stevens
If at order arms, the side step is executed at trail without command.
If at order arms, the back step is executed at trail without command.
Each man, as his name is called, answers here and executes order arms.
The guide takes the position of order arms at the command front.
British Dictionary definitions for order arms
military the order in drill to hold the rifle close to the right side with the butt resting on the ground
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