What does arm mean?

Definitions for arm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word arm.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. armnoun

    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. arm, branch, limbnoun

    any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm

    "the arm of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"; "a branch of the sewer"

  3. weapon, arm, weapon systemnoun

    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

    "he was licensed to carry a weapon"

  4. armnoun

    the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person

  5. branch, subdivision, armnoun

    a division of some larger or more complex organization

    "a branch of Congress"; "botany is a branch of biology"; "the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages"

  6. sleeve, armverb

    the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm

  7. arm, build up, fortify, girdverb

    prepare oneself for a military confrontation

    "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"

  8. armverb

    supply with arms

    "The U.S. armed the freedom fighters in Afghanistan"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Armnoun

    the limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder to the hand; also, the corresponding limb of a monkey

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  2. Armnoun

    anything resembling an arm

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  3. Armnoun

    the fore limb of an animal, as of a bear

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  4. Armnoun

    a limb, or locomotive or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate animal

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  5. Armnoun

    a branch of a tree

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  6. Armnoun

    a slender part of an instrument or machine, projecting from a trunk, axis, or fulcrum; as, the arm of a steelyard

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  7. Armnoun

    the end of a yard; also, the part of an anchor which ends in the fluke

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  8. Armnoun

    an inlet of water from the sea

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  9. Armnoun

    a support for the elbow, at the side of a chair, the end of a sofa, etc

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  10. Armnoun

    fig.: Power; might; strength; support; as, the secular arm; the arm of the law

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  11. Armnoun

    a branch of the military service; as, the cavalry arm was made efficient

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  12. Armnoun

    a weapon of offense or defense; an instrument of warfare; -- commonly in the pl

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  13. Armverb

    to take by the arm; to take up in one's arms

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  14. Armverb

    to furnish with arms or limbs

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  15. Armverb

    to furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  16. Armverb

    to cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency; as, to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  17. Armverb

    fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense

    Etymology: [See Arms.]

  18. Armverb

    to provide one's self with arms, weapons, or means of attack or resistance; to take arms

    Etymology: [See Arms.]


  1. Arm

    In human anatomy, the arm is the part of the upper limb between the shoulder and the elbow joints.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arm

    ärm, n. the limb extending from the shoulder to the hand: anything projecting from the main body, as an inlet of the sea, a rail or support from a chair, sofa, or the like: one of the branches into which a main trunk divides: (fig.) power.—ns. Arm′-chair, a chair with arms; Arm′ful; Arm′-hole, the hole in a garment through which the arm is put.—adv. Arm′-in-arm, with arms interlinked, in close communion.—adj. Arm′less.—ns. Arm′let, a bracelet; Arm′-pit, the pit or hollow under the shoulder.—At arm's length, away from any friendliness or familiarity.—Right arm, the main support or assistant; Secular arm, the secular or temporal authority, as distinguished from the spiritual or ecclesiastical.—With open arms, with hearty welcome. [A.S.; cog. with L. armus, the shoulder-joint, Gr. harmos, a joint.]

  2. Arm

    ärm, n. a weapon: a branch of the military service:—pl. Arms, weapons of offence and defence: war, hostilities: deeds or exploits of war: armorial ensigns.—v.t. Arm, to furnish with arms or weapons: to fortify.—v.i. to take arms.—n. Ar′mature, armour: any apparatus for defence: a piece of iron connecting the poles of a bent magnet.—adj. Armed (ärmd, or arm′ed), furnished with arms: provided with means of defence: (bot.) having prickles or thorns: (her.) having part of the body different in colour from the rest, as a beak, claws, &c. of a bird.—n.pl. Fire′arms, such weapons as employ gunpowder, as guns and pistols.—n. Man′-at-arms, a fully equipped and practised fighting man.—n.pl. Small′-arms, such as do not require carriages, as opposed to artillery.—Armed to the teeth, completely armed.—College of Arms, the Heralds' College, which grants armorial bearings.—In arms with, quartered with; Of all arms, of every kind of troops; Stand of arms, a complete equipment of arms for one soldier.—The armed eye, strengthened with a magnifying-glass, as opp. to naked eye.—To lay down arms, to surrender or submit; Up in arms, in readiness to fight. [Through Fr. from L. arma; cog. with Arm.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Arm

    The superior part of the upper extremity between the SHOULDER and the ELBOW.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Arm

    The four members of a Wheatstone bridge, q. v., are termed its arms. Referring to the diagram of a bridge, P, Q, R, S, are the arms. Fig. 22. DIAGRAM OF WHEATSTONE'S BRIDGE.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. arm

    A deep and comparatively narrow inlet of the sea. That part of an anchor on which the palm is shut. The extremity of the bibbs which support the trestle-trees. Each extremity or end of a yard, beam, or bracket.--To arm, to fit, furnish, and provide for war; to cap and set a loadstone; to apply putty or tallow to the lower end of the lead previous to sounding, in order to draw up a specimen of the bottom.--To arm a shot, is to roll rope-yarns about a cross-bar-shot, in order to facilitate ramming it home, and also to prevent the ends catching any accidental inequalities in the bore.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. arm

    In a military sense, signifies a particular species of troops,—thus the artillery is an arm, and the cavalry, and infantry, etc., are each called an arm of the service. The word is also used to denote an instrument of warfare; a weapon of offense or defense.

  2. arm

    To be provided with arms, weapons, or means of attack or resistance; to take arms.

Editors Contribution

  1. arm

    A limb on the body of a human being or specific animal, connected to the shoulder.

    We are grateful to have our arms to hug each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arm' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1098

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arm' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1814

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arm' in Nouns Frequency: #180

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arm' in Verbs Frequency: #978

Anagrams for arm »

  1. MRA

  2. mar, Mar, Mar., MAR

  3. RMA

  4. ram, Ram, RAM

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arm in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of arm in a Sentence

  1. Arthur Marx:

    So. The time has come for me to get my kite flying, stretch out in the sun, kick off my shoes, and speak my piece. 'The days of struggle are over,' I should be able to say. 'I can look back now and tell myself I don't have a single regret.' But I do. Many years ago a very wise man named Bernard Baruch took me aside and put his arm around my shoulder. 'Harpo, my boy,' he said, 'I'm going to give you three pieces of advice, three things you should always remember.' My heart jumped and I glowed with expectation. I was going to hear the magic password to a rich, full life from the master himself. 'Yes, sir' I said. And he told me the three things. I regret that I've forgotten what they were.

  2. Zulfiqar Ahmad:

    I fell to the ground. I must have been lying there for an hour before the army soldiers came in and moved me to the hospital. I tried to turn on my right side to prevent bleeding from my arm, but I couldn't move.

  3. Alfred Hitchcock:

    These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equaled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.

  4. Mohammad Anis:

    I am determined to go back to the same army public school where terrorists tried to kill me and where the terrorists killed my classmates, on hearing the gunshots, our teachers quickly shut the door of the auditorium in an effort to stop the terrorists from entering there. But the attackers broke the door and sneaked into the auditorium. Once inside the hall, they tried to kill all the children. Students were falling down and bleeding and one bullet also hit me in my arm.

  5. Claudio Semini:

    For us, it was natural to start to design also an arm, and then the plan is to build two arms and have them both on the robot to create a 'centaur' style of robot. And with the two arms the robot can be deployed to the real area where it needs to do any maintenance work or turn a valve in a rescue scenario or pick up a sample in a contaminated area or just clean up radioactive materials; there's a lot of potential future applications where manipulation is really important.

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    a long narrow excavation in the earth
    • A. evangelist
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