small arm

  1. Usually small arms. a firearm designed to be held in one or both hands while being fired: in the United States the term is applied to weapons of a caliber of up to one inch (2.5 centimeters).

Origin of small arm

First recorded in 1680–90

Other words from small arm

  • small-armed, adjective

Words Nearby small arm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use small arm in a sentence

  • It’s thankfully thin, so it’s not uncomfortable, but if you have a small arm, it will look conspicuous at best and ridiculous at worst.

  • We were then nine million small arm still to the good having spent eleven million.

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

  • The marines and small-arm men returned the fire in right good earnest, while the boats advanced more rapidly than before.

    True Blue | W.H.G. Kingston
  • In this way a big leg may be obtained at the expense of a small arm, or a good ear be the cause of an indifferent eye.

    Darwinism and Race Progress | John Berry Haycraft