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  1. present participle of arm


arming (plural armings)

  1. The act of supplying (oneself or others) with armor and (now especially) arms and ammunition in preparation for a conflict; the act of providing with the means of defense and attack.
    • 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 12, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
      The arming was now universal.
    • 2016, J. Fisher, Envisioning Disease, Gender, and War: Women's Narratives of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Springer, →ISBN, page 59:
      Applying the conventions of war epic, this section of the novel would correspond to the arming of the hero, his donning of armor and and assembling weapons in preparation for battle.
    • 2018, Albert Bates Lord, Epic Singers and Oral Tradition, Cornell University Press, →ISBN, page 89:
      The arming of Paris begins [as follows...] First he placed along his legs the fair greaves linked with silver fastenings to hold the greaves at the ankles. Afterwards he girt on about his chest the corselet. [] The armings of Agamemnon, Patroclus, and Achilles with with the same three lines as that of Paris.
    1. (in particular, especially in compounds) The affixing and securing on of armor.
      arming buckle, arming doublet, arming garments (garments for anchoring armor to), arming harness, arming jacket, arming nail, arming point, arming straps (for securing armor)
      • 1819, James Robinson Planché, A Cyclopaedia of Costume Or Dictionary of Dress, Including Notices of Contemporaneous Fashions on the Continent: A general history of costume in Europe, page 103:
        [] two tunicles and a gambeson, each with a border of the arms of France; [] a quantity of aiguilletes and laces for arming; six bascinets; a gamboised thigh-piece, and an esquivalens of leather []
  2. The act of supplying with the equipment, knowledge, authority, or other tools needed for a particular task.
    • 1956, Taslim Olawale Elias, The Nature of African Customary Law, Manchester University Press, →ISBN, page 275:
      The novelty largely consists in the arming of such subordinate officials of the statutory court with the new magic wand of the record book and of spoken English; []
    • 1965, Translations on International Communist Developments:
      The Party has always seen to the selection of its most active fighters propagandists and lecturers , and to the arming of them with knowledge. The theoretical level of our propaganda depends primarily on them.
    • 2013, Kate E. Reynolds, Sexuality and Severe Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Health Educators, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, →ISBN, page 38:
      It may be even more confusing for a severely autistic child if they are not equipped with knowledge and skill [] It is the arming of a severely autistic child with information and opportunities to experience relationships []
  3. The act of preparing a tool or a weapon for action; activation.
    • 1917, Handbook of the 3.2-inch Field Battery, with Instructions for Its Care, July 30, 1902, Revised June 23, 1908, page 60:
      This insures the arming of the fuze when fired.
    • 2010, T. Michael Fuson; Phil B. Hammond; Ruth E. Fuson, The Black Heart, T. Michael Fuson, →ISBN, page 419:
      If he didn't knock it down, the second plane would have a shot prior to the arming of the missile's warhead. Suddenly things didn't look so bad. Blakely pushed the microphone button.
  4. (nautical) A piece of tallow or soap put in the cavity and over the bottom of a sounding lead to pick up samples of the bottom of the sea.
    • 2011, H. G. Mowat, Captain Carteret and the Voyage of the Swallow:
      the nature of the sea bed indicated by the arming in the cavity at the base []
  5. (nautical, chiefly in the plural) One of the red dress cloths formerly hung fore and aft outside of a ship's upper works on holidays, or used as a visual screen during times of action.

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  • 1828, Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language:
    Equipping with arms; providing with the means of defense or attack; also, preparing for resistance in a moral sense.
  • FM 55-501 Marine Crewman’s Handbook


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


From the adjective arm.



arming m (definite singular armingen, indefinite plural armingar, definite plural armingane)

  1. A pitiful person, someone who is to be pitied.
    • 1861, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, "Ferdaminni fraa Sumaren 1860":
      Og derfor heller Ingen er som slik ein Arming litit sæl; og um an ikki er os kjær, so maa me vilja honom vel.
      And therefore no one is as unhappy as such a pitiful person; and even if he is not dear to us, we must wish him well.

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Old High German[edit]


From arm +‎ -ing.


arming m

  1. poor or miserable person



  1. Köbler, Gerhard, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (6. Auflage) 2014