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Webster 1913 Edition


Arrest

Ar-rest′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Arrested
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Arresting
.]
[OE.
aresten
, OF.
arester
, F.
arrêter
, fr. LL.
arrestare
; L.
ad
+
restare
to remain, stop;
re
+
stare
to stand. See
Rest
remainder.]
1.
To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of;
as, to
arrest
the current of a river; to
arrest
the senses.
Nor could her virtues the relentless hand
Of Death
arrest
.
Philips.
2.
(Law)
To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law;
as, to
arrest
one for debt, or for a crime
.
☞ After this word Shakespeare uses of (“I
arrest
thee
of
high treason”) or
on
; the modern usage is
for
.
3.
To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch;
as, to
arrest
the eyes or attention
.
Buckminster.
4.
To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.
[Obs.]
We may
arrest
our thoughts upon the divine mercies.
Jer. Taylor.
Syn. – To obstruct; delay; detain; check; hinder; stop; apprehend; seize; lay hold of.

Ar-rest′

,
Verb.
I.
To tarry; to rest.
[Obs.]
Spenser.

Ar-rest′

,
Noun.
[OE.
arest
,
arrest
, OF.
arest
, F.
arrêt
, fr.
arester
. See
Arrest
,
Verb.
T.
,
Arr[GREEK]t
.]
1.
The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint;
as, an
arrest
of development
.
As the
arrest
of the air showeth.
Bacon.
2.
(Law)
The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant.
William . . . ordered him to be put under
arrest
.
Macaulay.
[Our brother Norway] sends out
arrests

On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys.
Shakespeare
☞ An arrest may be made by seizing or touching the body; but it is sufficient in the party be within the power of the officer and submit to the arrest. In Admiralty law, and in old English practice, the term is applied to the seizure of property.
3.
Any seizure by power, physical or moral.
The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc., . . . were sad
arrests
to his troubled spirit.
Jer. Taylor.
4.
(Far.)
A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; – also named rat-tails.
White.
Arrest of judgment
(Law)
,
the staying or stopping of a judgment, after verdict, for legal cause. The motion for this purpose is called a motion in arrest of judgment.

Webster 1828 Edition


Arrest

ARREST'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. resto, to stop; Eng. to rest. See Rest.]
1.
To obstruct; to stop; to check or hinder motion; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.
2.
To take, seize or apprehend by virtue of a warrant from authority; as, to arrest one for debt or for a crime.
3.
To seize and fix; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.
The appearance of such a person in the world, and at such a period, ought to arrest the consideration of every thinking mind.

ARREST'

,
Noun.
1.
The taking or apprehending of a person by virtue of a warrant from authority. An arrest is made by seizing or touching the body.
2.
Any seizure, or taking by power, physical or moral.
3.
A stop, hindrance or restraint.
4.
In law, an arrest of judgment is the staying or stopping of a judgment after verdict, for causes assigned. Courts have power to arrest judgment for intrinsic causes appearing upon the face of the record; as when the declaration varies from the original writ; when the verdict differs materially from the pleadings; or when the case laid in the declaration is not sufficient in point of law, to found an action upon. The motion for this purpose is called a motion in arrest of judgment.
5.
A mangy humor between the ham and pastern of the hind legs of a horse.

Definition 2022


Arrest

Arrest

See also: arrest

German

Noun

Arrest m (genitive Arrests or Arrestes, plural Arreste)

  1. arrest, confinement, detention

Declension

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  • Arrestant

arrest

arrest

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English

A suspect being arrested, as in most countries handcuffed with the arms on the back

Noun

arrest (plural arrests)

  1. A check, stop, an act or instance of arresting something.
  2. The condition of being stopped, standstill.
  3. (law) The process of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.
  4. A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.
  5. A device to physically arrest motion.
  6. (nautical) The judicial detention of a ship to secure a financial claim against its operators.
  7. (obsolete) Any seizure by power, physical or otherwise.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc., [] were sad arrests to his troubled spirit.
  8. (farriery) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of White to this entry?)

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Verb

arrest (third-person singular simple present arrests, present participle arresting, simple past and past participle arrested)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To stop the motion of (a person or animal). [14th-19th c.]
    • Philips
      Nor could her virtues the relentless hand / Of Death arrest.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To stay, remain. [14th-16th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  3. (transitive) To stop or slow (a process, course etc.). [from 14th c.]
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 707:
      To try to arrest the spiral of violence, I contacted Chief Buthelezi to arrange a meeting.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 69 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      Knowledge replaced universal resemblance with finite differences. History was arrested and turned into tables …Western reason had entered the age of judgement.
  4. (transitive) To seize (someone) with the authority of the law; to take into legal custody. [from 14th c.]
    The police have arrested a suspect in the murder inquiry.
    • Shakespeare
      I arrest thee of high treason.
  5. (transitive) To catch the attention of. [from 19th c.]
    • 1919: P. G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves:
      There is something about this picture—something bold and vigorous, which arrests the attention. I feel sure it would be highly popular.

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Catalan

Noun

arrest m (plural arrests or arrestos)

  1. arrest

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

arrest n (plural arresten, diminutive arrestje n)

  1. detention, confinement, especially after being arrested
  2. (law) sentence passed by a higher court

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old French arester

Noun

arrest m (definite singular arresten, indefinite plural arrester, definite plural arrestene)

  1. arrest, custody, detention

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old French arester

Noun

arrest m (definite singular arresten, indefinite plural arrestar, definite plural arrestane)

  1. arrest, custody, detention

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