Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the articles "el" and “un” in the singular. This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in the plural noun.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (the army)
a. armed services (plural)
Mi padre dedicó toda su vida a las armas.My father devoted his life to the armed services.
b. military
Una carrera en las armas exige lealtad, compromiso y valor.A career in the military requires loyalty, commitment, and bravery.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
2. (weaponry)
a. weapon
Los detectives encontraron el arma homicida.The detectives found the murder weapon.
b. arm
Se implementó más seguridad para que nadie pueda introducir armas al edificio.More security was implemented so no one can bring arms into the building.
3. (military)
a. arm
El arma de infantería avanzó llevando todo tipo de armas.The infantry arm advanced, carrying all kinds of weapons.
4. (means)
a. weapon
La unión es nuestra arma más poderosa.Unity is our most powerful weapon.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (instrumento)
a. arm, weapon
alzarse en armasto rise up in arms
presentar/rendir armasto present/surrender arms
2. (fig)
ser de armas tomarto be someone to be reckoned with
arma blancablade
3. (fig)
arma de doble filodouble-edged sword
arma de fuegofirearm
arma homicidamurder weapon
arma nuclearnuclear weapon
arma químicachemical weapon
arma secretasecret weapon
4. (medio)
a. weapon
la vacuna será una poderosa arma contra la malariathe vaccine will be a powerful weapon against malaria
las armasthe military career, the Army
1 (Mil) weapon
estar en armas
los guerrilleros entregaron las armas the guerrillas handed over their weapons; un fabricante de armas an arms manufacturer; nos apuntaba con un arma he pointed a gun at us; ¡a las armas! to arms!; ¡armas al hombro! shoulder arms!; alzarse en armas to rise up in arms; ¡descansen armas! order arms!; ¡presenten armas! present arms!
rendir las armas to lay down one's arms
estar sobre las armas to be under arms
tocar (al) arma to sound the call to arms
tomar las armas to take up arms
de armas tomar
es una mujer de armas tomar she's not someone you mess around with
limpiar el arma to have a screw (vulgar)
pasar a algn por las armas (ejecutar) to execute sb
volver el arma contra algn to turn the tables on sb
arma arrojadiza missile
arma atómica atomic weapon
arma biológica biological weapon
arma blanca cold steel
arma convencional conventional weapon
arma de combate assault weapon
arma de doble filo double-edged sword
arma de fuego firearm
arma larga shotgun
arma negra fencing foil
arma química chemical weapon
arma reglamentaria service weapon; regulation weapon
armas cortas small arms
armas de destrucción masiva weapons of mass destruction
2 (medio) weapon
la movilización popular es su arma más fuerte popular mobilization is its most powerful weapon; su sarcasmo es solo un arma defensiva her sarcasm is just self-defence
3 (Mil) (cuerpo) arm
arma de infantería infantry arm
4 (Mil)
las armas (profesión) the military; the armed services
dedicarse a las armas 'las armas y las letras' era el ideal del caballero
5 armas [de escudo] arms
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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