order arms


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order arms

n.
1. A position in the military manual of arms in which the rifle is held vertically next to the right leg with its butt resting on the ground.
2. A command to assume order arms.

order arms

interj, n
(Military) military the order in drill to hold the rifle close to the right side with the butt resting on the ground

or′der arms′


n.
1. (in close-order drill) a position in which the rifle is held at the right side, with its butt on the ground.
2. the command to move the rifle to this position.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.order arms - a position in the manual of armsorder arms - a position in the manual of arms; the rifle is held vertically on the right side with the butt on the ground; often used as a command
manual of arms, manual - (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
posture, attitude, position - the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
References in classic literature ?
THE regiment was standing at order arms at the side of a lane, waiting for the command to march, when suddenly the youth remembered the little packet enwrapped in a faded yellow envelope which the loud young soldier with lugu- brious words had intrusted to him.
Fortunately, he says, the ECOWAS Convention has already set the pace for its member states, adding that if Liberia has to order arms, all the member states will know what arms Liberia is ordering and they will have to approve of it.
Order arms!" Then, considering that we had ordered arms very slovenly, he gave the command, "Slope arms!" This also was not very satisfactory, so we were soon doing a little arms drill.