- bearing firearms; having weapons: a heavily armed patrol.
- maintained by arms: armed peace.
- involving the use of weapons: armed conflict.
- equipped: The students came armed with their pocket calculators.
- (especially of an animal) covered protectively, as by a shell.
- fortified; made secure: Armed by an inveterate optimism, he withstood despair.
- (of an artillery shell, bomb, missile, etc.) having the fuze made operative.
Origin of armed
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Examples from the Web for well-armed
Unfortunately, park rangers, though highly trained, are rarely a match for well-armed poachers.South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
Well-armed criminals know there is little chance they will be caught or punished.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis
July 9, 2014
This guy Zimmerman, also well-armed, shooting and killing somebody for nothing.Bernhard Goetz on George Zimmerman: ‘The Same Thing Is Happening’
Harry Siegel, Filipa Ioannou
July 12, 2013
No lobby, however wealthy and well-armed, is more powerful than the American people.No Lobby is More Powerful Than the People
December 20, 2012
Regionalism, poverty and well-armed militias pose serious threats.Libya Slogs Toward Democracy
July 24, 2012
Thus strengthened, and with twenty-two well-armed savages in his train, he sought Duhaut.
A shallop was sent ashore, with five or six seamen, well-armed.
Five boats, containing a well-armed party of about fifty persons, embarked upon this enterprise.
He immediately took a well-armed party and advanced to meet them.
On board this fleet, the passengers, including one hundred well-armed soldiers, greatly exceeded the number of sailors.
- having many or good weaponswell-armed forces
- suitably prepared in advancewell armed for an argument
- equipped with or supported by arms, armour, etc
- prepared for conflict or any difficulty
- (of an explosive device) prepared for use; having a fuse or detonator installed
- (of plants) having the protection of thorns, spines, etc
- having an arm or arms
- (in combination)long-armed; one-armed
Word Origin and History for well-armed
"equipped for battle," early 13c., past participle adjective from arm (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper