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armed

[ahrmd] /ɑrmd/
adjective
1.
bearing firearms; having weapons:
a heavily armed patrol.
2.
maintained by arms:
armed peace.
3.
involving the use of weapons:
armed conflict.
4.
equipped:
The students came armed with their pocket calculators.
5.
(especially of an animal) covered protectively, as by a shell.
6.
fortified; made secure:
Armed by an inveterate optimism, he withstood despair.
7.
(of an artillery shell, bomb, missile, etc.) having the fuze made operative.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see arm2, -ed2
Related forms
half-armed, adjective
well-armed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well-armed

well-armed

adjective (well armed when postpositive)
1.
having many or good weapons: well-armed forces
2.
suitably prepared in advance: well armed for an argument

armed1

/ɑːmd/
adjective
1.
equipped with or supported by arms, armour, etc
2.
prepared for conflict or any difficulty
3.
(of an explosive device) prepared for use; having a fuse or detonator installed
4.
(of plants) having the protection of thorns, spines, etc

armed2

/ɑːmd/
adjective
1.
  1. having an arm or arms
  2. (in combination): long-armed, one-armed
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Word Origin and History for well-armed

armed

adj.

"equipped for battle," early 13c., past participle adjective from arm (v.).

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