Definition of sidearm in English:



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

    • ‘By carrying sidearms, contractor employees run the risk of being seen as unlawful combatants.’
    • ‘And having a personal sidearm wouldn't help you under many civil war scenarios.’
    • ‘After-market grips on self-defense handguns (and sporting sidearms as well) create a better fit between customer and product.’
    • ‘They are armed with 9mm sidearms as standard, but can upgrade these to 12.5mm sidearms if they wish.’
    • ‘A police presence has been established to stabilise the area after 171 men were arrested and rifles, sidearms, ammunition, assegais and pangas seized.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Energy rifles and sidearms were stacked along one wall, small explosives charges and other weapons stored around the room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While many photos of Patton show him carrying one or two ivory-handled sidearms, Eisenhower is never depicted as visibly armed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In every U.S. military action from World War I to Vietnam, the 1911 served as the standard sidearm for the American armed services.’
    • ‘Police recovered five rifles, 18 sidearms, 84 bullets, and 700 assegais in follow-up house-to-house searches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We who carry sidearms are also in need of knowing the basic in and outs of knife offense/defense.’
    • ‘Fry - 739 had a hand around the throat ribbing of her armor and his sidearm against the side of her helmet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • (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 used a sidearm delivery, and actually turned his back completely on the batter before spinning forward in his motion.’
    • ‘After more than a decade in the minors, Taylor changed his delivery to a sidearm motion, which improved his control.’
    • ‘As a middle and long reliever, Pina continued to fool hitters with his sidearm delivery and deceptive palmball.’
    • ‘Osoria relies on a hard sinking fastball thrown with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘He throws from a strange arm slot, almost sidearm, and if he loses that slot, wildness can result.’
    • ‘He made casual sidearm throws to first and took wild swings at pitches in the dirt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shouse, 33, is a longtime minor leaguer who developed a sidearm delivery to use against left-handed hitters last year.’
    • ‘Though he has been criticized for his unorthodox sidearm delivery, he is the second-leading passer in the history of the league.’
    • ‘The sidearm delivery especially was effective.’
    • ‘It isn't common knowledge today, but Walter Johnson threw his blazing fastball with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘His sidearm delivery is tough on right-handed hitters because the fastball moves down and in on them.’
    • ‘He has the funky sidearm delivery to make it happen.’
    • ‘He also drops down to throw his sinker and slider from a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Borland has a sidearm delivery that can be deceptive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Johnson had a blazing fastball that flowed effortlessly from his exaggerated 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.’
    • ‘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.’


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