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
Related formssmall-armed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for small arms
portable firearms of relatively small calibre
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