small arm

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small arm

A firearm that can be carried in the hand.

small′ arm′

a firearm designed to be held in one or both hands while being fired.
small′-armed′, adj.
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It may, however, be mentioned that mere inventors of revolvers, fire-shooting carbines, and similar small arms, met with little consideration.
The dugouts came for us right along in an attempt to board us, but by keeping on the move in one direction and circling, we managed to avoid getting in each other's way, and were enabled to fire our cannon and our small arms with less danger to our own comrades.
Well, I guess that clears matters up," said Tom, as he looked over a collection of rifles and small arms, to decide which to take.
The cannon-shot was followed after a considerable interval by a volley of small arms.
When his force had come to a halt he dismounted, threw down his spear and small arms, and came around the end of the incubator toward me, entirely unarmed and as naked as I, except for the ornaments strapped upon his head, limbs, and breast.
All these he ordered to be loaded with musket-balls, nails, and pieces of old iron, and then fired them, and the small arms of the ship, among the natives.
A volley of small arms was much more likely to do the business some day - or night.
She clutched the handle with both hands, while the child, astride her hip, held on to her with both small arms part way about her.
He said readily, that the way was to keep them off with our great shot as long as we could, and then to use our small arms, to keep them from boarding us; but when neither of these would do any longer, we would retire to our close quarters, for perhaps they had not materials to break open our bulkheads, or get in upon us.
Yes," said Marner, docilely, bringing his eyes very close, that they might be initiated in the mysteries; whereupon Baby seized his head with both her small arms, and put her lips against his face with purring noises.
For three days thereafter we could hear the cannonading and the spitting of the small arms, for the battle line was scarce two leagues from New Gondar.
Pennsylvania Small Arms Company--well-known American firm," said Holmes.

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