A suspect being arrested, as in most countries handcuffed with the arms on the back



  • A check, stop, an act or instance of arresting something.
  • The condition of being stopped, standstill.
  • The process of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.
  • A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.
  • A device to physically arrest motion.
  • The judicial detention of a ship to secure a financial claim against its operators.
  • Any seizure by power, physical or otherwise.
  • A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse



  • From Middle English arest and aresten, from Old French areste and arester, from Vulgar Latin *arrestō, from Latin ad- ("to") + restō, from re- + stō, from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- ("to stand"), equivalent to ad- + rest. Compare French arrêter ("to stop").

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