Definition of sidearm in English:

sidearm

noun

  • A weapon worn at a person's side, such as a pistol or formerly a sword.

    • ‘We who carry sidearms are also in need of knowing the basic in and outs of knife offense/defense.’
    • ‘In the course of this encounter, a courageous career prison officer and part-time cop named Claude Deckard braved the rifle fire with his personal sidearm at the distance of a football field.’
    • ‘All of the above C [O.sub.2] powered repeaters are useful in training for the street by duplicating the heft and overall feel of popular sidearms used in law enforcement and for personal defense.’
    • ‘Fry - 739 had a hand around the throat ribbing of her armor and his sidearm against the side of her helmet.’
    • ‘A police presence has been established to stabilise the area after 171 men were arrested and rifles, sidearms, ammunition, assegais and pangas seized.’
    • ‘Although sidearms are usually primary defensive weapons for officers on patrol, they are secondary on tactical SWAT call-outs where shoulder-fired arms generally take over.’
    • ‘Energy rifles and sidearms were stacked along one wall, small explosives charges and other weapons stored around the room.’
    • ‘In every U.S. military action from World War I to Vietnam, the 1911 served as the standard sidearm for the American armed services.’
    • ‘This system is usually found in small personal defense pistols, or in full-sized law enforcement sidearms In the latter case, it is a deterrent against liability lawsuits.’
    • ‘The exact total, however, is unknown, as most citations only refer to ‘pistol’ or ‘revolver’ and some famous events do not mention sidearms at all.’
    • ‘The P - 35 was the standard sidearm of both sides in the Falklands intervention, and many were used by both Israeli and Arab forces in the Middle East.’
    • ‘They are armed with 9mm sidearms as standard, but can upgrade these to 12.5mm sidearms if they wish.’
    • ‘By carrying sidearms, contractor employees run the risk of being seen as unlawful combatants.’
    • ‘I had always been a fan of the M1911 pistol, but after Cooper's training, the 1911.45 was the only sidearm that mattered to me.’
    • ‘While many photos of Patton show him carrying one or two ivory-handled sidearms, Eisenhower is never depicted as visibly armed.’
    • ‘Stone watched the scene play out in slow motion as the man grabbed one of the officer's sidearms and bring it to bear where they were standing.’
    • ‘Police recovered five rifles, 18 sidearms, 84 bullets, and 700 assegais in follow-up house-to-house searches.’
    • ‘After-market grips on self-defense handguns (and sporting sidearms as well) create a better fit between customer and product.’
    • ‘With regards to the number of weapons that a player can carry at any one time, one automatic rifle and one sidearm may be carried, along with a lethal knife for silent close quarters takedowns.’
    • ‘And having a personal sidearm wouldn't help you under many civil war scenarios.’

adjective

  • (of a throw, pitch, or cast) performed or delivered with a sweeping motion of the arm from the side of the body at or below shoulder level:

    ‘a sidearm delivery’
    [as adverb] ‘I could throw sidearm’
    • ‘He made casual sidearm throws to first and took wild swings at pitches in the dirt.’
    • ‘Borland has a sidearm delivery that can be deceptive.’
    • ‘He has the funky sidearm delivery to make it happen.’
    • ‘Osoria relies on a hard sinking fastball thrown with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘As a middle and long reliever, Pina continued to fool hitters with his sidearm delivery and deceptive palmball.’
    • ‘He also drops down to throw his sinker and slider from a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘Though he has been criticized for his unorthodox sidearm delivery, he is the second-leading passer in the history of the league.’
    • ‘Johnson had a blazing fastball that flowed effortlessly from his exaggerated sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘Shouse, 33, is a longtime minor leaguer who developed a sidearm delivery to use against left-handed hitters last year.’
    • ‘Any slide with the heel decidedly outside of the toe will open the shoulders and body away from the target and create a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘The sidearm delivery especially was effective.’
    • ‘His sidearm delivery is tough on right-handed hitters because the fastball moves down and in on them.’
    • ‘When he is ahead in the count, he likes to drop down to a sidearm delivery and throw a two-seam fastball or hard slider.’
    • ‘When general manager Ken Williams watched the tape, he liked what he saw - sinking and moving pitches, a sidearm delivery and an ability as a right-hander to get out left-handed hitters.’
    • ‘This year, Rusch sports a tighter, bigger-breaking curve, and he has been using a sidearm delivery occasionally on breaking pitches to left-handed batters.’
    • ‘He throws from a strange arm slot, almost sidearm, and if he loses that slot, wildness can result.’
    • ‘It isn't common knowledge today, but Walter Johnson threw his blazing fastball with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘He never has been accurate when he drops into a sidearm delivery, and he is struggling too much for a third-year pro.’
    • ‘After more than a decade in the minors, Taylor changed his delivery to a sidearm motion, which improved his control.’
    • ‘He used a sidearm delivery, and actually turned his back completely on the batter before spinning forward in his motion.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Baseball
  • 1 Throw or pitch a ball to (someone) with a sidearm motion:

    ‘pitchers who sidearmed me on one pitch, then curved me with the next’
    • ‘Smith tended to sidearm his throws, but Tedford got him to keep the ball up around his ear and deliver passes over the top.’
    • ‘‘You sidearm it in one forward throw, no back motion, after sneaking up on the animal,’ says Gullung, a New Orleans native.’
    1. 1.1 Throw or pitch (a ball or other object) with a sidearm motion:
      ‘he sidearmed a small stone, which missed the bottle’

Pronunciation:

sidearm

/ˈsʌɪdɑːm/