3. Preparatory proceeding or measure; preparation; as, we have made arrangement for receiving company.
4. Settlement; adjustment by agreement; as, the parties have made an arrangement between themselves
concerning their disputes; a satisfactory arrangement.
5. (Mus.) (a) The adaptation of a composition to voices or instruments for which it was not originally
written. (b) A piece so adapted; a transcription; as, a pianoforte arrangement of Beethoven's symphonies; an
orchestral arrangement of a song, an opera, or the like.
(Ar*ran"ger) n. One who arranges. Burke.
(Ar"rant) a. [OE. erraunt, errant, errand, equiv. to E. errant wandering, which was first applied
to vagabonds, as an errant rogue, an errant thief, and hence passed gradually into its present and
worse sense. See Errant.] Notoriously or preëminently bad; thorough or downright, in a bad sense; shameless; unmitigated; as,
an arrant rogue or coward.
I discover an arrant laziness in my soul.
2. Thorough or downright, in a good sense. [Obs.]
An arrant honest woman.
(Ar"rant*ly), adv. Notoriously, in an ill sense; infamously; impudently; shamefully. L'Estrange.
(Ar"ras) n. [From Arras the capital of Artois, in the French Netherlands.] Tapestry; a rich figured
fabric; especially, a screen or hangings of heavy cloth with interwoven figures.
Stateliest couches, with rich arras spread.
Behind the arras I'll convey myself.
(Ar"ras), v. t. To furnish with an arras. Chapman.
(Ar`ras*ene") n. [From Arras.] A material of wool or silk used for working the figures in embroidery.
(||Ar*ras"tre) n. [Sp.] A rude apparatus for pulverizing ores, esp. those containing free gold.
(Ar"ras*wise` Ar"ras*ways`), adv. [Prob. a corruption of arriswise. See Arris.] Placed in
such a position as to exhibit the top and two sides, the corner being in front; said of a rectangular
form. Encyc. Brit. Cussans.
(Ar*raught") [The past tense of an old v. areach or arreach. Cf. Reach, obs. pret. raught.]
Obtained; seized. Spenser.
(Ar*ray") n. [OE. arai, arrai, OF. arrai, arrei, arroi, order, arrangement, dress, F. arroi; a (L.
ad) + OF. rai, rei, roi, order, arrangement, fr. G. or Scand.; cf. Goth. raidjan, garaidjan, to arrange,
MHG. gereiten, Icel. reiði rigging, harness; akin to E. ready. Cf. Ready, Greith, Curry.]
1. Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle; as, drawn
up in battle array.
Wedged together in the closest array.
2. The whole body of persons thus placed in order; an orderly collection; hence, a body of soldiers.
A gallant array of nobles and cavaliers.