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arm    : ['ɑrm]
Arm \Arm\, n. [See {Arms}.] (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.
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Arm \Arm\, v. i.
To provide one's self with arms, weapons, or means of attack
or resistance; to take arms. " 'Tis time to arm." --Shak.
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Arm \Arm\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Armed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Arming}.] [OE. armen, F. armer, fr. L. armare, fr. arma,
pl., arms. See {arms}.]
1. To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms. [Obs.]
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And make him with our pikes and partisans
A grave: come, arm him. --Shak.
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Arm your prize;
I know you will not lose him. --Two N. Kins.
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2. To furnish with arms or limbs. [R.]
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His shoulders broad and strong,
Armed long and round. --Beau. & Fl.
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3. To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense;
as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country.
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Abram . . . armed his trained servants. --Gen. xiv.
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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.
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5. Fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for
resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.
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Arm yourselves . . . with the same mind. --1 Pet.
iv. 1.
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{To arm a magnet}, to fit it with an armature.
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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},
1. The limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder
to the hand; also, the corresponding limb of a monkey.
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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
(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.
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3. Fig.: Power; might; strength; support; as, the secular
arm; the arm of the law.
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To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? --Isa. lii.
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{Arm's end}, the end of the arm; a good distance off.

{Arm's length}, the length of the arm.

{Arm's reach}, reach of the arm; the distance the arm can

{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.
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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 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" [synonym: {arm}, {branch}, {limb}]
3: any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or
hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon" [synonym: {weapon},
{arm}, {weapon system}]
4: the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and
forearm of a seated person
5: 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" [synonym: {branch},
{subdivision}, {arm}]
6: the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and
that provides a cloth covering for the arm [synonym: {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 Iraqi border" [synonym: {arm}, {build up},
{fortify}, {gird}] [ant: {demilitarise}, {demilitarize},
2: supply with arms; "The U.S. armed the freedom fighters in

213 Moby Thesaurus words for "arm":
accouter, advocate, affiliate, alpenstock, appendage, appoint,
armlet, armor, armor-plate, athletic supporter, authorize, back,
backbone, backing, bandeau, bank, barricade, battle, bay, bayou,
bearer, beef, belt, biceps, bight, bless, block, blockade, boca,
bough, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, branch, branch office,
brassiere, bulwark, buttress, cane, carrier, castellate, cervix,
champion, chapter, cloak, clothe, clothe with power, compass about,
copyright, corset, cove, cover, creek, crenellate, crook, crutch,
cushion, defend, deputize, dig in, division, dress, elbow, ell,
embattle, empower, enable, endow, endue, energy, ensure, entrench,
equip, estuary, euripus, extension, fence, fend, fit, fit out,
fit up, fjord, force, forearm, fortify, foundation garment, frith,
fulcrum, furnish, garrison, gear, girdle, guarantee, guard, gulf,
gut, guy, guywire, hand, harbor, haven, heel, imp, inlet, insure,
invest, jock, jockstrap, joint, keep, keep from harm, kyle, leg,
limb, link, lobe, lobule, local, loch, lodge, mainstay, maintainer,
make safe, man, man the garrison, mast, member, mine, mouth,
munition, muscle, narrow, narrow seas, narrows, natural harbor,
neck, nestle, offshoot, organ, outfit, palisade, patent, pinion,
police, post, prepare, prop, protect, put in shape, ramification,
reach, ready, register, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest,
resting place, ride shotgun for, rig, rig out, rig up, rigging,
road, roads, roadstead, runner, safeguard, scion, screen, secure,
service, shelter, shield, shoulder, shroud, sinew, slough, sound,
spine, spray, sprig, sprit, spur, staff, standing rigging, stave,
stay, steam, stick, stiffener, strait, straits, strength,
strengthener, strong arm, support, supporter, sustainer, switch,
tail, tendril, turn out, twig, underwrite, upholder, upper arm,
vigor, walking stick, wall, wing, wrist

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