Syn. To obstruct; delay; detain; check; hinder; stop; apprehend; seize; lay hold of.
(Ar*rest"), v. i. To tarry; to rest. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Ar*rest"), n. [OE. arest, arrest, OF. arest, F. arrêt, fr. arester. See Arrest, v. t., Arrt.]
1. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest
As the arrest of the air showeth.
2. (Law) The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a
decree, mandate, or warrant.
William . . . ordered him to be put under arrest.
[Our brother Norway] sends out arrests
On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys.
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.
3. Any seizure by power, physical or moral.
The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc., . . . were sad arrests to his troubled
4. (Far.) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; also named rat-tails. White.
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.
(Ar`res*ta"tion) n. [F. arrestation, LL. arrestatio.] Arrest. [R.]
The arrestation of the English resident in France was decreed by the National Convention.
H. M. Williams.
(Ar`res*tee") n. [See Arrest, v.] (Scots Law) The person in whose hands is the property
attached by arrestment.
1. One who arrests.
2. (Scots Law) The person at whose suit an arrestment is made. [Also written arrestor.]
(Ar*rest"ing) a. Striking; attracting attention; impressive.
This most solemn and arresting occurrence.
J. H. Newman.
(Ar*rest"ive) a. Tending to arrest. McCosh.
(Ar*rest"ment), n. [OF. arrestement.]
1. (Scots Law) The arrest of a person, or the seizure of his effects; esp., a process by which money or
movables in the possession of a third party are attached.
2. A stoppage or check. Darwin.