arm

2
[ ahrm ]
/ ɑrm /

noun

Usually arms. weapons, especially firearms.
arms, Heraldry. the escutcheon, with its divisions, charges, and tinctures, and the other components forming an achievement that symbolizes and is reserved for a person, family, or corporate body; armorial bearings; coat of arms.

verb (used without object)

to enter into a state of hostility or of readiness for war.

verb (used with object)

Idioms for arm

Origin of arm

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1200–50 for v.; 1300–50 for noun; (v.) Middle English armen < Anglo-French, Old French armer < Latin armāre to arm, verbal derivative of arma (plural) tools, weapons (not akin to arm1); (noun) Middle English armes (plural) ≪ Latin arma, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM arm

arm·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for arming (1 of 4)

arming
/ (ˈɑːmɪŋ) /

noun

the act of taking arms or providing with arms
nautical a greasy substance, such as tallow, packed into the recess at the bottom of a sounding lead to pick up samples of sand, gravel, etc, from the bottom

British Dictionary definitions for arming (2 of 4)

arm1
/ (ɑːm) /

noun

verb

(tr) archaic to walk arm in arm with

Derived forms of arm

armless, adjectivearmlike, adjective

Word Origin for arm

Old English; related to German Arm, Old Norse armr arm, Latin armus shoulder, Greek harmos joint

British Dictionary definitions for arming (3 of 4)

arm2
/ (ɑːm) /

verb (tr)

to equip with weapons as a preparation for war
to provide (a person or thing) with something that strengthens, protects, or increases efficiencyhe armed himself against the cold
  1. to activate (a fuse) so that it will explode at the required time
  2. to prepare (an explosive device) for use by introducing a fuse or detonator
nautical to pack arming into (a sounding lead)

noun

(usually plural) a weapon, esp a firearm
See also arms

Word Origin for arm

C14: (n) back formation from arms, from Old French armes, from Latin arma; (vb) from Old French armer to equip with arms, from Latin armāre, from arma arms, equipment

British Dictionary definitions for arming (4 of 4)

ARM

abbreviation for

adjustable rate mortgage
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Medical definitions for arming

arm
[ ärm ]

n.

An upper limb of the human body, connecting the hand and wrist to the shoulder.
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Idioms and Phrases with arming

arm

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