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armed adj
1 (used of persons or the military) characterized by having or bearing arms; "armed robbery" [ant: unarmed]
2 having arms or arms as specified; used especially in combination; "the many-armed goddess Shiva" [ant: armless]
3 used of plants and animals [ant: unarmed]

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Etymology 1

  • Past participle of arm (below).


  1. Equipped, especially with a weapon.
  2. (Of a weapon) prepared for use.
Equipped, esp. with a weapon
  • Albanian: armatosur (i/e)
  • Finnish: aseistautunut (the person has armed him-/herself), aseistettu (someone else has armed him/her)
  • German: bewaffnet
  • Russian: вооружённый, вооружившийся
Prepared for use
  • Russian: снаряжённый


  1. past of arm

Etymology 2

Arm, the upper limb of the body + -ed past participle.


  1. (rarely) Having an arm or arms.
  2. Pertaining to the horns, teeth, or tusks of beasts or pertaining to the beaks and talons of birds when these parts are coloured in a different tincture from the beast or bird itself.
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Extensive Definition

Armed (May, 1941-1964) was an American Thoroughbred gelding race horse. He was sired by the great stakes winner Bull Lea, which made him a half-brother to Citation. His dam was Armful, whose sire was Belmont Stakes winner, Chance Shot, and whose grandsire was the great Fair Play.
Small for his age and very headstrong, Armed's habit of biting and kicking hay out of his handler's pitchfork, along with being practically untrainable, caused his trainer, Ben A. Jones to send him back to Calumet Farm to be gelded and turned out to grow up. He returned to the track late in his two-year-old season and resumed training.
His first start was as a three year old the following February and he won at Hialeah Park by eight lengths. He won again less than a week later but then won only once in five starts and had to be rested due to an ankle injury.
Armed raced for seven seasons from 1944 to 1950, finishing with a 41-20-10 record in 81 starts. In a season that saw him defeat U.S. Triple Crown champion Assault in a match race at Belmont Park, Armed also set a new track record of 2:01-3/5 for one and one-quarter miles while winning the Widener Handicap and carrying 129 pounds, and earned the 1947 Horse of the Year honors.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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