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Usage statistics for the noun arm:

spoken English22.42%written English77.58% imaginative writing82.14%informational writing17.86%

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The word arm is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun arm

What does arm mean as a name of something?

Arm is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in imaginative writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in imaginative written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: arms

  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
    • examples: the arm of the record player | an arm of the sea
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of arm: branch / limb
    • more generic word: projection = any structure that branches out from a central support
  3. any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of arm: weapon / weapon system
    • more generic word: instrument = a device that requires skill for proper use
    • more specific terms:
      • bow = a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
      • bow and arrow = a weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them
      • brass knuckles / knuckle duster / brass knucks / knuckles / knucks = a small metal weapon
      • fire ship = a weapon consisting of a ship carrying explosives that is set adrift to destroy enemy ships
      • flamethrower = a weapon that squirts ignited fuel for several yards
      • gun = a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity
      • knife = a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
      • light arm = a rifle or pistol
      • missile = a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives
      • pike = medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff
      • projectile / missile = a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
      • slasher = a weapon (a sword or dagger) used for slashing
      • sling = a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released
      • lance / shaft / spear = a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
      • stun baton / stun gun = a weapon designed to disable a victim temporarily by delivering a nonlethal high-voltage electric shock
      • blade / brand / steel / sword = a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
      • tomahawk / hatchet = weapon consisting of a fighting ax
      • weapon of mass destruction / W.M.D. / WMD = a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel
      • Greek fire = a mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries
    • part of: arms / implements of war / munition / weaponry / weapons system = weapons considered collectively
  4. the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: armrest = a support for the arm
    • more specific term: writing arm = an arm of a tablet-armed chair
    • part of: armchair = chair with a support on each side for arms
  5. a division of some larger or more complex organization
  6. the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of arm: sleeve
    • more generic term: cloth covering = a covering made of cloth
    • more specific terms:
      • dolman sleeve = a sleeve with a large armhole and tight cuff
      • long sleeve = a sleeve extending from shoulder to wrist
      • raglan sleeve = a sleeve that extends in one piece to the neckline of a coat or sweater with seams from the armhole to the neck
      • shirtsleeve = the sleeve of a shirt
      • short sleeve = a sleeve extending from the shoulder to the elbow
    • part of: garment = an article of clothing
    • parts:
      • turnup / cuff = the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
      • elbow = the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint
      • wristband = band consisting of a part of a sleeve that covers the wrist

Alternative definition of the noun arm


  1. The portion of the upper human appendage, from the shoulder to the wrist and sometimes including the hand.
  2. [anatomy] The extended portion of the upper limb, from the shoulder to the elbow.
  3. A long, narrow, more or less rigid part of an object extending from the main part or centre of the object, such as the arm of an armchair, a crane, a pair of spectacles or a pair of compasses.
  4. A bay or inlet off a main body of water.
  5. [context: usually used in the plural] A weapon.
  6. [context: in plural] heraldic bearings or insignia

Specialised definition of the noun arm

Glossary of sports

the part of the body from the shoulder to the hand, consisting of the upper arm, the elbow and the forearm (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective arm

What does arm mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [context: UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland] Poor; lacking in riches or wealth.
  2. [context: UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland] To be pitied; pitiful; wretched.

Definition of the verb arm

What does arm mean as a doing word?

Arm is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: armed | arming | arms

  1. prepare oneself for a military confrontation
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Brown equipped his soldiers
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown equipped Jones with a camera

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): equip, rearm, redress, regale, reward, saddle, treat.

    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of arm: build up / fortify / gird
    • antonym of arm: disarm
    • more specific words:
  2. supply with arms
    • example: The U.S. armed the freedom fighters in Afghanistan
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
    • more specific words:

Other definitions of arm

What does arm also mean?


  1. See Armenian.


  1. Arm a.k.a. Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in the north of Western Asia, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south.
  2. Arm a.k.a. Armidale Airport is an airport serving Armidale, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is located 2 nautical miles southwest of the town centre, on the New England Highway. The airport is operated by the Armidale Dumaresq Shire Council.
  3. Arm a.k.a. Arm, Mississippi: Arm is an unincorporated community in Lawrence County, Mississippi, United States. Arm is located on Mississippi Highway 43 6.4 miles east-southeast of Monticello.

There are other places with in their name, like Big Arm, Bide Arm, Aaron Arm, South Arm, Tracy Arm, Chapel Arm, Norris Arm, Salmon Arm, Taylors Arm, Northern Arm, Robert's Arm, Too Good Arm, Jackson's Arm, Humber Arm South, Salmon Arm Wharf, Arm & Hammer Park, Arm River-Watrous, South Arm Township, Fleet Air Arm Museum and Rural Municipality of Big Arm No. 251.


Who is Arm?

Arm a.k.a. Nastnathakit Intarasut is an actor.


Arm is a musical group.

  • album: "Universal Standard Time"


  1. Arm is a fictional character from the 2010 Thai horror thriller film Still.
  2. Arm is a fictional character from the 2004 film Pisaj.

There are other characters with in their name, like One arm, Long Arm, long-arm, Arm Candy, Arm-Wrestler, Arm-Fall-Off Boy, Arm-Fall-Off-Boy.


"Arm" is a musical album of OUTATBERO.

  • released on (4 years ago)


"ARM" is a science fiction novella by American author Larry Niven. Set in the Known Space cycle, it is the third of five Gil Hamilton detective stories.

  • language: English Language
  • released in (40 years ago)
  • award: - Hugo Award for Best Novella nomination for Larry Niven


  1. ARM a.k.a. Adjustable-rate mortgage: A variable-rate mortgage, adjustable-rate mortgage, or tracker mortgage is a mortgage loan with the interest rate on the note periodically adjusted based on an index which reflects the cost to the lender of borrowing on the credit markets. The loan may be offered at the lender's standard variable rate/base rate. There may be a direct and legally defined link to the underlying index, but where the lender offers no specific link to the underlying market or index the rate can be changed at the lender's discretion. The term "variable-rate mortgage" is most common outside the United States, whilst in the United States, "adjustable-rate mortgage" is most common, and implies a mortgage regulated by the Federal government, with caps on charges. In many countries, adjustable rate mortgages are the norm, and in such places, may simply be referred to as mortgages.
  2. Arm: In geography, an arm is a narrow extension, inlet, or smaller reach, of water flowing out from a much larger body of water, such as an ocean, a sea, or a lake. Although different geographically, a sound or bay may also be called an arm.
  3. Arm: The anonymizing relay monitor is a command-line status monitor for the Tor anonymity network.
  4. Arm: Technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb.
  5. Arm a.k.a. armadillo repeat containing 9 is a gene.
    • also known as armadillo/beta-catenin-like repeats, melanoma/melanocyte specific protein KU-MEL-1

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Arm

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Google previewAnatomy and Human Movement,Structure and function with PAGEBURST Access,6 (2011)

Anatomy and Human Movement by Nigel Palastanga, Roger Soames

The load arm is thus the distance from the tibia to the metatarsal heads, while the force arm is the distance between the attachment of the calf muscles to the calcaneus and the metatarsal heads. A third class lever is the most commonly found ...

Google previewFitness Professional's Handbook 7th Edition (2016)

by Howley, Edward T., Thompson, Dixie

The force arm is the perpendicular distance from the axis of rotation of the joint to the direction of the force from its point of application (where the muscle attaches to the bone being moved). Figure 3.20 illustrates the direction of pull of the ...

Google previewTechnological Communities and Networks (2003)

Triggers and Drivers for Innovation by Dimitris Assimakopoulos

Today ARM is a world leader in microprocessor cores and peripherals for computing, communications and consumer electronics applications.

Google previewCharacter Animation Fundamentals (2012)

Developing Skills for 2D and 3D Character Animation by Steve Roberts

The upper arm is a cylinder, the elbow is a sphere, the lower arm is a cylinder and the hand is a box shape. The ball of the thumb is a sphere and the thumb is a shaped box. The advantage of this type of construction is that you don't have to do ...

Google previewWe Dare You! (2009)

Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home by Vicki Cobb, Kathy Darling

Your “bionic” arm can't be moved. INSIDER INFORMATION Surprise, your arm is a machine! It's a simple machine, but nevertheless a machine: which is any device that increases your ...

Google previewAdvances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors: Part I (2014)

by Tareq Ahram, Renliu Jang

When used to describe the complaint that results from computer work, the term “ mouse arm” is used. Mouse arm is a manifestation of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI ), and can be caused not only by working with a mouse but also through ...

Google previewSpinal Cord Injuries (2008)

Management and Rehabilitation by Sue Ann Sisto, Erica Druin, Martha Macht Sliwinski

A second lever arm is the external force or load applied ...

Google previewUnderstanding and Working with Special Populations (2005)

by IDEA Health & Fitness

Scientifically, torque is defined as the magnitude of the force multiplied by the moment arm (T = F x moment arm, where T = torque and F = force). The moment arm is the shortest perpendicular distance between the force's line of action and the ...

Google previewGreat Britain (1887)

England, Wales, and Scotland as Far as Loch Maree and the Cromarty Firth : Handbook for Travelers by Karl Baedeker

arm is a Norman arch , below which has been placed the monument of Bishop Hough (d. 1743), considered one of Roubiliac's master- pieces. The modern altar-tomb in the centre is a memorial of Lord Lyttelton (d. 1876).

Google previewNew Universal Graphic Dictionary of the English Language, Self-pronouncing (1922)

Based on the Foundation Laid by Noah Webster and Other Lexicographers

arm. ' tue. tlie. human body which extends front the shoulder to the band...

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language (1798)

... To which are Prefixed Principles of English Pronunciation; ... Third Edition. By John Walker, ...

ARM, firm, s—See Art. * * * The limb which reaches from the hand to the shoulder ; the large bough of a tree : an inlet of water from the sea; power, might, as the secular arm. - To A.R.M., árm. v. al-See Art. To furnish with armour of defense or ...

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Usage statistics about arm

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun arm:

spoken English22.42%written English77.58% imaginative writing82.14%informational writing17.86%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun arm:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb arm:


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Quotes about Arm

In particular, this arm has 7 degrees-of-freedom that makes the overall motion of the arm very complex so that, before you start driving the arm, you should be very familiar with all the position it can get. (Umberto Guidoni)
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Scrabble value of A1R1M3

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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