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English Dictionary: Arrest by the DICT Development Group
5 results for Arrest
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    Synonym(s): apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody
  2. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
    Synonym(s): arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
  1. take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    Synonym(s): collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop
  2. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
    Synonym(s): check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back
  3. attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"
    Synonym(s): catch, arrest, get
  4. cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
    Synonym(s): halt, hold, arrest
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Arrest \Ar*rest"\, v. i.
      To tarry; to rest. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Arrest \Ar*rest"\, n. [OE. arest, arrest, OF. arest, F.
      arr[88]t, fr. arester. See {Arrest}, v. t., {Arr[?]t}.]
      1. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion,
            etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of
                     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.
                     [Our brother Norway] sends out arrests On
                     Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys. --Shak.
      Note: 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Arrest \Ar*rest"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Arrested}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Arresting}.] [OE. aresten, OF. arester, F. arr[88]ter,
      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.
      Note: After this word Shakespeare uses of ([bd]I arrest thee
               of high treason[b8]) 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Malicious \Ma*li"cious\, a. [Of. malicius, F. malicieux, fr. L.
      malitiosus. See {Malice}.]
      1. Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or
                     I grant him bloody, . . . Sudden, malicious,
                     smacking of every sin That has a name. --Shak.
      2. Proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice;
            as, a malicious report; malicious mischief.
      3. (Law)With wicked or mischievous intentions or motives;
            wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or
            excuse; as, a malicious act.
      {Malicious abandonment}, the desertion of a wife or husband
            without just cause. --Burrill.
      {Malicious mischief} (Law), malicious injury to the property
            of another; -- an offense at common law. --Wharton.
      {Malicious prosecution} [or] {arrest} (Law), a wanton
            prosecution or arrest, by regular process in a civil or
            criminal proceeding, without probable cause. --Bouvier.
      Syn: Ill-disposed; evil-minded; mischievous; envious;
               malevolent; invidious; spiteful; bitter; malignant;
               rancorous; malign. -- {Ma*li"cious*ly}, adv. --
               {Ma*li"cious*ness}, n.
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