1. The limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder to the hand; also, the corresponding limb of a monkey.
2. Anything resembling an arm; as, (a) The fore limb of an animal, as of a bear. (b) A limb, or locomotive or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate animal. (c) A branch of a tree. (d) A slender part of an instrument or machine, projecting from a trunk, axis, or fulcrum; as, the arm of a steelyard. (e) Naut The end of a yard; also, the part of an anchor which ends in the fluke. (f) An inlet of water from the sea. (g) A support for the elbow, at the side of a chair, the end of a sofa, etc.
3. Fig.: Power; might; strength; support; as, the secular arm; the arm of the law.
To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? --Isa. lii. 1.
Arm's end, the end of the arm; a good distance off. --Dryden.
Arm's length, the length of the arm.
Arm's reach, reach of the arm; the distance the arm can reach.
To go (or walk) arm in arm, to go with the arm or hand of one linked in the arm of another. “When arm in armwe went along.” --Tennyson.
To keep at arm's length, to keep at a distance (literally or figuratively); not to allow to come into close contact or familiar intercourse.
To work at arm's length, to work disadvantageously.
Arm, n. Mil. (a) A branch of the military service; as, the cavalry arm was made efficient. (b) A weapon of offense or defense; an instrument of warfare; -- commonly in the pl.
Arm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Armed p. pr. & vb. n. Arming.]
1. To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms. [Obs.]
And make him with our pikes and partisans
A grave: come, arm him. --Shak.
Arm your prize;
I know you will not lose him. --Two N. Kins.
2. To furnish with arms or limbs. [R.]
His shoulders broad and strong,
Armed long and round. --Beau. & Fl.
3. To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country.
Abram . . . armed his trained servants. --Gen. xiv. 14.
4. 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.
5. Fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.
Arm yourselves . . . with the same mind. --1 Pet. iv. 1.
To arm a magnet, to fit it with an armature.
Arm, v. i. To provide one's self with arms, weapons, or means of attack or resistance; to take arms. “ 'Tis time to arm.”
n 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 instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or
hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon" [syn: weapon,
3: an administrative division of some larger or more complex
organization; "a branch of Congress" [syn: branch, subdivision]
4: any projection that is thought to resemble an arm; "the arm
of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"; "a branch of
the sewer" [syn: branch, limb]
5: the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and
forearm of a seated person
6: the part of a garment that is attached at armhole and
provides a cloth covering for the arm [syn: sleeve]
v 1: prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is
girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are
building up on the Iraqui border" [syn: build up, fortify,
gird] [ant: disarm]
2: supply with arms; "The U.S. armed the freedom fighters in
used to denote power (Ps. 10:15; Ezek. 30:21; Jer. 48:25). It is
also used of the omnipotence of God (Ex. 15:16; Ps. 89:13; 98:1;
77:15; Isa. 53:1; John 12:38; Acts 13:17)