small arm


noun

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 forms

small-armed, adjective
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