arm meaning

[ ɑ:m ] Pronunciation:   "arm" in a sentence
  • Noun: arm  aa(r)m
    1. A human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb 
    2. Any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
      "the arm of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"
      - branch, limb 
    3. Any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
      - weapon, weapon system 
    4. The part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person 
    5. A division of some larger or more complex organization
      - branch, subdivision 
    6. The part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm
      - sleeve
    Verb: arm  aa(r)m
    1. Prepare oneself for a military confrontation
      - build up, fortify, gird 
    2. Supply with arms
      "The U.S. armed the freedom fighters in Afghanistan"

    Derived forms: arms, armed, arming

    See also: armament, armlet, armor [US], brachial

    Type of: armrest, cloth covering, division, furnish, instrument, limb, projection, provide, render, supply

    Antonym: disarm

    Part of: armchair, arms, body, garment, homo, human, human being, implements of war, man, munition, organic structure, physical structure, weaponry, weapons system

    Encyclopedia: Arm

  • [American slang]
    to equip someone with whatever is needed to fight against someone or something.
      They armed themselves against the enemy with guns and ammunition.
      The government armed the soldiers with the new guns.

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun [C]

    a part of a large organization which is responsible for one area of its business:

    the research arm of the company

  • [Defence]
    antiradiation missile

  • [Finance]
    See: Adjustable-rate mortgage


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  1. his arms were tied together behind his back.
  2. she wanted to throw herself into his arms.
  3. then he would beat his arms on the ground.
  4. louis was the only babe in arms.
  5. infants were rent from their mother 's arms.

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