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To stack arms

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To stack arms (Mil) to set up a number of muskets or rifles together, with the bayonets crossing one another, and forming a sort of conical pile.
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Usage

In literature:

Now that Appleton had time to collect himself he, too, grew sick with suspense, for he knew that arms had been stacked inside the barricades.
"The Iron Trail" by Rex Beach
The troops were sleeping in their clothes; every man sprang up, ran to the stacked arms, and seized his weapons.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
TO STACK AND TAKE ARMS.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
Would the soldiers stack their arms and return to their homes?
"The White Morning" by Gertrude Atherton
When, at Appomattox, our arms were stacked and banners furled we returned to our homes with no divided allegiance.
"Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia)" by Various
They had to stack their arms and turn them over.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Dorothy and the boys carried armfuls of wood, and stacked them in the passage to the sitting-room, two steps higher up.
"Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
The troops rested on their arms all that afternoon, at times lounging close to the stacks.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
Then our bunch stacked arms, and started in to make whisky.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
A command was given to the Sepoys to stack arms.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Here we stacked arms and roasted in the sun all day; at night returned to camp.
"Our campaign around Gettysburg" by John Lockwood
This was the first and only time I ever failed to be present with the regiment when it stacked arms and I was with it.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
After stacking arms on Main street, most of the men went into houses to sleep.
"History of the Sixteenth Connecticut Volunteers" by B. F. Blakeslee
Arms were stacked, and the men lay down to sleep, alas!
"The Battle of Gettysburg" by Frank Aretas Haskell
The arms were stacked and the entire command was ready to march.
"The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry" by Samuel H. Fletcher
Mrs. B. and I made our way to the stone church around which we saw stacks of dead bodies piled up, and arms and legs were thrown together in heaps.
"Nurse and Spy in the Union Army" by S. Emma E. Edmonds
They had halted to feed, and had stacked arms.
"Four Years A Scout and Spy" by E. C. Downs
Now, our two soldiers escorted us to a street where some of the army had halted and stacked arms.
"With Fire and Sword" by Samuel H. M. Byers
The men were allowed to stack arms and sit down by the roadside.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest
Quickly the boy removed the pack, then, armed with the camp shovel and axe, went to investigate the stack.
"Tales from the X-bar Horse Camp" by Will C. Barnes
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In poetry:

Your arms are stacked, your splendid colors furled,
Your drums are still, aside your trumpets laid,
But your dumb muskets once spoke to the world--
And the world listened to Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Armed with a stack of folded construction paper, Charlotte Rogers ushered a four-year-old child to sit down at a pint-sized writing desk, take up a pencil and scratch out the words "I love you" in crooked letters on the inside.
Two microphones were set up, and a WFPL reporter armed with a stack of questions asked passing pedestrians one question at random, which they had 15 seconds to answer.
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In science:

The dip at 3.2 Hz is due to a resonant gain in the arm length servo used to suppress the contribution from the primary mode of the vibration isolation stack, while the dip at 16.5 Hz is resonant gain used to suppress the contribution from the bounce mode of the optic suspension.
Multi-color Cavity Metrology
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