Ar*rest" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arrested; p. pr. & vb. n. Arresting.] [OE. aresten, OF. arester, F. arreter, fr. LL. arrestare; L. ad + restare to remain, stop; re + stare to stand. See Rest remainder.]


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 his word Shakespeare uses of ("I arrest thee of high treason") or on; the modern usage is for.


To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.



To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.


We may arrest our thoughts upon the divine mercies. Jer. Taylor.

Syn. -- To obstruct; delay; detain; check; hinder; stop; apprehend; seize; lay hold of.


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Ar*rest", v. i.

To tarry; to rest.




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Ar*rest", n. [OE. arest, arrest, OF. arest, F. arret, fr. arester. See Arrest, v. t., Arrt.]


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. Shak.

⇒ 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.


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.


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.


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