Pronunciation: (ärmd),[key] —adj. 1. bearing firearms; having weapons: a heavily armed patrol. 2. maintained by arms: armed peace. 3. involving the use of weapons: armed conflict. 4. equipped: The students came armed with their pocket calculators. 5. (esp. of an animal) covered protectively, as by a shell.
6. fortified; made secure: Armed by an inveterate optimism, he withstood despair. 7. (of an artillery shell, bomb, missile, etc.) having the fuze made operative.