arm: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ärm), [key]
— n.
  1. the upper limb of the human body, esp. the part extending from the shoulder to the wrist.
  2. the upper limb from the shoulder to the elbow.
  3. the forelimb of any vertebrate.
  4. some part of an organism like or likened to an arm.
  5. any armlike part or attachment, as the tone arm of a phonograph.
  6. a covering for the arm, esp. a sleeve of a garment: the arm of a coat.
  7. an administrative or operational branch of an organization: A special arm of the government will investigate.
  8. any of the curved or bent pieces of an anchor, terminating in the flukes. See diag. under
  9. an armrest.
  10. an inlet or cove: an arm of the sea.
  11. a combat branch of the military service, as the infantry, cavalry, or field artillery.
  12. power; might; strength; authority: the long arm of the law.
  13. either of the extensions to the right of the vertical line of a K or upward from the vertical stem of a Y.
  14. a great deal of money: Our night on the town cost us an arm and a leg.
  15. with arms linked together or intertwined: They walked along arm in arm.
  16. not on familiar or friendly terms; at a distance: He's the kind of person you pity but want to keep at arm's length.
  17. asleep: After a strenuous day, he was soon in the arms of Morpheus.
  18. free of charge; gratis: an investigation of policemen who ate lunch on the arm.
  19. She put the arm on me for a generous contribution.
    1. to solicit or borrow money from:She put the arm on me for a generous contribution.
    2. to use force or violence on; use strong-arm tactics on:If they don't cooperate, put the arm on them.
  20. to use force or coercion on someone.
  21. cordially; with warm hospitality: a country that receives immigrants with open arms.


Pronunciation: (ärm), [key]
— n.
  1. Usually,weapons, esp. firearms.
  2. the escutcheon, with its divisions, charges, and tinctures, and the other components forming an achievement that symbolizes and is reserved for a person, family, or corporate body; armorial bearings; coat of arms.
  3. His religious convictions kept him from bearing arms, but he served as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross.
    1. to carry weapons.
    2. to serve as a member of the military or of contending forces:His religious convictions kept him from bearing arms, but he served as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross.
  4. to prepare for war; go to war: to take up arms against the enemy.
  5. ready for battle; trained and equipped: The number of men under arms is no longer the decisive factor in warfare.
  6. ready to take action; indignant; outraged: There is no need to get up in arms over such a trifle.
  1. to enter into a state of hostility or of readiness for war.
  1. to equip with weapons: to arm the troops.
  2. to activate (a fuze) so that it will explode the charge at the time desired.
  3. to cover protectively.
  4. to provide with whatever will add strength, force, or security; support; fortify: He was armed with statistics and facts.
  5. to equip or prepare for any specific purpose or effective use: to arm a security system; to arm oneself with persuasive arguments.
  6. to prepare for action; make fit; ready.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. adjustable-rate mortgage.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Armenian.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Armenian.
  2. Armorican.


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  1. Master of Architecture.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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