I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English earm; akin to Latin armus shoulder, Sanskrit īrma arm Date: before 12th century 1. a human upper limb; especially the part between the shoulder and the wrist 2. something like or corresponding to an arm: as a. the forelimb of a vertebrate b. a limb of an invertebrate animal c. a branch or lateral shoot of a plant d. a slender part of a structure, machine, or an instrument projecting from a main part, axis, or fulcrum e. the end of a ship's yard; also the part of an anchor from the crown to the fluke — see anchor illustration f. any of the usually two parts of a chromosome lateral to the centromere 3. an inlet of water (as from the sea) 4. a narrow extension of a larger area, mass, or group 5. power, might <
the long arm of the law
6. a support (as on a chair) for the elbow and forearm 7. sleeve 8. the ability to throw or pitch a ball well; also a player having such ability 9. a functional division of a group, organization, institution, or activity <
the logistical arm of the air force
armless adjectivearmlike adjective II. verb Etymology: Middle English armen, from Anglo-French armer, from Latin armare, from arma weapons, tools; akin to Latin ars skill, Greek harmos joint, arariskein to fit Date: 12th century transitive verb 1. to furnish or equip with weapons 2. to furnish with something that strengthens or protects <
arming citizens with the right to vote
3. to equip or ready for action or operation <
arm a bomb
intransitive verb to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance <
arm for combat
III. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English armes (plural) weapons, from Anglo-French, from Latin arma Date: 13th century 1. a. a means (as a weapon) of offense or defense; especially firearm b. a combat branch (as of an army) c. an organized branch of national defense (as the navy) 2. plural a. the hereditary heraldic devices of a family b. heraldic devices adopted by a government 3. plural a. active hostilities ; warfare <
a call to arms
b. military service

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  • arm — ärm …   Kölsch Dialekt Lexikon

  • Arm — Arm, n. [AS. arm, earm; akin to OHG. aram, G., D., Dan., & Sw. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms, L. armus arm, shoulder, and prob. to Gr. ? joining, joint, shoulder, fr. the root ? to join, to fit together; cf. Slav. rame. ?. See {Art}, {Article}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arm — Arm, ärmer, ärmste, adj. et adv. welches überhaupt den Zustand der Beraubung einer Sache ausdruckt, und zwar, 1. In eigentlicher Bedeutung, des zeitlichen Vermögens beraubt. Ein armer Mensch, ein armer Mann, eine arme Frau. Arm seyn. Arm werden.… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

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  • Arm — Arm: Die gemeingerm. Körperteilbezeichnung mhd., ahd. arm, got. arms, engl. arm, schwed. arm beruht mit verwandten Wörtern in anderen idg. Sprachen auf einer Bildung zu der idg. Wurzel *ar‹ə› »fügen, zupassen«, vgl. z. B. lat. armus »Oberarm,… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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