arm


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 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
          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.
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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.
      --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.
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