verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to carry weapons.
- to serve as a member of the military or of contending forces: His religious convictions kept him from bearing arms, but he served as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross.
Origin of arm2
Synonyms for arm
Antonyms for arm
Related Words for armingload, protect, prepare, supply, provide, strengthen, fortify, mobilize, appoint, prime, gear, tote, deck, accouter, guard, outfit, gird, heel, equalize, rig
Examples from the Web for arming
Contemporary Examples of arming
Panetta is on shakier ground on the question of arming Syrian moderates.
But if Obama and Biden were sensible about not arming Syrian moderates, the same cannot be said for their policy toward Iraq.
Also, Clinton and many lawmakers acknowledge that arming the rebels was risky and might not have worked.Exclusive: Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is 'Horsesh*t'
August 12, 2014
The fear of spillage was one of the reasons the administration held off arming Syrian rebels before.U.S. on Alert for Al Qaeda Attack as Group Battles ISIS for Top Terrorist
July 1, 2014
While the FBR does not provide guns to its members, neither does the group forbid them from arming themselves.Myanmar’s Free Burma Rangers Are Like Doctors Without Borders…With Guns
April 19, 2014
Historical Examples of arming
Thus they spake, and Ajax was arming himself in splendid brass.
The Englishman turned to give Stubbs orders for arming the crew.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
It could be seen that England was also arming against France.The Coming Conquest of England
"I don't know who they can be all arming against," one said.Saint Bartholomew's Eve
G. A. Henty
And when they made an end of their arming they rode back with all haste.
- the corresponding limb of any other vertebrate
- an armlike appendage of some invertebrates
Word Origin for arm
- to activate (a fuse) so that it will explode at the required time
- to prepare (an explosive device) for use by introducing a fuse or detonator
Word Origin for arm
"upper limb," Old English earm "arm," from Proto-Germanic *armaz (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, German arm, Old Norse armr, Old Frisian erm), from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (cf. Sanskrit irmah "arm," Armenian armukn "elbow," Old Prussian irmo "arm," Greek arthron "a joint," Latin armus "shoulder"). Arm of the sea was in Old English. Arm-twister "powerful persuader" is from 1938. Arm-wrestling is from 1899.
They wenten arme in arme yfere Into the gardyn [Chaucer]
"weapon," c.1300, armes (plural) "weapons of a warrior," from Old French armes (plural), "arms, war, warfare," mid-13c., from Latin arma "weapons" (including armor), literally "tools, implements (of war)," from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (see arm (n.1)). The notion seems to be "that which is fitted together." Meaning "heraldic insignia" (in coat of arms, etc.) is early 14c.; originally they were borne on shields of fully armed knights or barons.
In addition to the idioms beginning with arm
- arm and a leg
- armed to the teeth
- arm in arm
- at arm's length
- babe in arms
- forewarned is forearmed
- give one's eyeteeth (right arm)
- long arm of the law
- one-armed bandit
- put the arm on
- shot in the arm
- take up arms
- talk someone's arm off
- twist someone's arm
- up in arms
- with one arm tied behind
- with open arms