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NOUN (2)

1. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal);
- Example: "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
[syn: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody]

2. the state of inactivity following an interruption;
- Example: "the negotiations were in arrest"
- Example: "held them in check"
- Example: "during the halt he got some lunch"
- Example: "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
- Example: "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
[syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage]


VERB (4)

1. take into custody;
- Example: "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
[syn: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop]

2. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of;
- Example: "Arrest the downward trend"
- Example: "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"
- Example: "Contain the rebel movement"
- Example: "Turn back the tide of communism"
[syn: check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back]

3. attract and fix;
- Example: "His look caught her"
- Example: "She caught his eye"
- Example: "Catch the attention of the waiter"
[syn: catch, arrest, get]

4. cause to stop;
- Example: "Halt the engines"
- Example: "Arrest the progress"
- Example: "halt the presses"
[syn: halt, hold, arrest]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Arrest \Ar*rest"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arrested; p. pr. & vb. n. Arresting.] [OE. aresten, OF. arester, F. arr[^e]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. [1913 Webster] Nor could her virtues the relentless hand Of Death arrest. --Philips. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime. [1913 Webster] Note: After this word Shakespeare uses of ("I arrest thee of high treason") or on; the modern usage is for. [1913 Webster] 3. To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster] 4. To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We may arrest our thoughts upon the divine mercies. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Syn: To obstruct; delay; detain; check; hinder; stop; apprehend; seize; lay hold of. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Arrest \Ar*rest"\, v. i. To tarry; to rest. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Arrest \Ar*rest"\, n. [OE. arest, arrest, OF. arest, F. arr[^e]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 development. [1913 Webster] As the arrest of the air showeth. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant. [1913 Webster] William . . . ordered him to be put under arrest. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] [Our brother Norway] sends out arrests On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. Any seizure by power, physical or moral. [1913 Webster] The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc., . . . were sad arrests to his troubled spirit. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 4. (Far.) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; -- also named rat-tails. --White. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

arrest n 1: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [syn: 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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage] v 1: take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: catch, arrest, get] 4: cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses" [syn: halt, hold, arrest]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ARREST. To stop; to seize; to deprive one of his liberty by virtue of legal authority.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ARREST, in criminal cases. The apprehending or detaining of the person, in order to be forthcoming to answer an alleged or suspected crime. The word arrest is more properly used in civil cases, and apprehension in criminal. A man is arrested under a capias ad respondendum, apprehended under a warrant charging him with a larceny. 2. It will be convenient to consider, 1, who may be arrested; 2, for what crimes; 3, at what time; 4, in what places; 5, by whom and by what authority. 3.-1. Who may be arrested. Generally all persons properly accused of a crime or misdemeanor, may be arrested; by the laws of the United States, ambassadors (q.v.) and other public ministers are exempt from arrest. 4.-2. For what offences an arrest may be made. It may be made for treason, felony, breach of the peace, or other misdemeanor. 5.-3. At what time. An arrest may be made in the night as well as in the day time and for treasons, felonies, and breaches of the peace, on Sunday as well as on other days. It may be made before as well as after indictment found. Wallace's R. 23. 6.-4. At what places. No place affords protection to offenders against the criminal law; a man may therefore be arrested in his own house, (q.v.) which may be broken into for the purpose of making the arrest. 7.-5. Who may arrest and by what authority. An offender may be arrested either without a warrant or with a warrant. First, an arrest may be made without a warrant by a private individual or by a peace officer. Private individuals are enjoined by law to arrest an offender when present at the time a felony is committed, or a dangerous wound given. 11 Johns. R. 486 and vide Hawk. B. 1, c, 12, s. 1; c. 13, F3. 7, 8; 4 Bl. Com. 292; 1 Hale, 587; Com. Dig. Imprisonment, H 4; Bac. Ab. Trespass, D. 3. Peace officers may, a fortiori, make an arrest for a crime or misdemeanor committed in their view, without any warrant. 8 Serg. & R. 47. An arrest may therefore be made by a constable, (q.v.) a justice of the peace, (q.v.) sheriff, (q.v.) or coroner. (q.v.) Secondly, an arrest may be made by virtue of a warrant, (q.v.) which is the proper course when the circumstances of the case will permit it. Vide, generally, 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 11 to 71; Russ. on Cr. Index, h.t.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

ARREST, v.t. Formally to detain one accused of unusualness. God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh. _The Unauthorized Version_