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Definition of arrest:

  1. A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; - also named rat- tails.
  2. Any seizure by power, physical or moral.
  3. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development.
  4. The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant.
  5. To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.
  6. To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.
  7. To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.
  8. To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime.
  9. To tarry; to rest.


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