1. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) 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
Related terms: limb body homo hand elbow wrist biceps_brachii forearm ulnar_nerve triceps_brachii cephalic_vein humerus arm_bone brachial_artery
2. [ verb ] (military) prepare oneself for a military confrontation
Synonyms: build_up gird fortify

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

Related terms: disarm rearm forearm weapon garrison fortification
3. [ noun ] any projection that is thought to resemble an arm
Synonyms: limb branch

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

Related terms: projection
4. [ verb ] (military,arms) supply with arms

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

Related terms: supply munition rearm armament
5. [ noun ] (arms) any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
Synonyms: weapon weapon_system

"he was licensed to carry a weapon"

Related terms: instrument weaponry gun sword knife projectile spear brass_knucks bow nuclear_weapon sling fire_ship pike flamethrower bow_and_arrow slasher tomahawk stun_baton w.m.d. Greek_fire weaponry
6. [ noun ] the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person
Related terms: armrest writing_arm armchair
7. [ noun ] an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization
Synonyms: branch subdivision

"a branch of Congress"

Related terms: division post_office executive_branch judicial_branch legislative_branch
8. [ noun ] (clothing) the part of a garment that is attached at armhole and provides a cloth covering for the arm
Synonyms: sleeve
Related terms: cloth_covering shirtsleeve short_sleeve dolman_sleeve long_sleeve raglan_sleeve garment cuff wristband elbow
Similar spelling:   arum