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English noun: arm

1. arm (body) 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

Broader (hypernym)limb

Part holonymarm bone, arteria brachialis, articulatio cubiti, articulatio radiocarpea, biceps brachii, biceps humeri, brachial artery, carpus, cephalic vein, cubital joint, cubital nerve, cubitus, elbow, elbow joint, forearm, hand, human elbow, humerus, manus, mitt, musculus biceps brachii, musculus triceps brachii, nervus ulnaris, paw, radiocarpal joint, triceps brachii, ulnar nerve, vena cephalica, wrist, wrist joint

Part meronymbody, homo, human, human being, man, organic structure, physical structure

2. arm (artifact) any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm

SamplesThe arm of the record player.
An arm of the sea.
A branch of the sewer.

Synonymsbranch, limb

Broader (hypernym)projection

3. arm (artifact) any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

SamplesHe was licensed to carry a weapon.

Synonymsweapon, weapon system

Broader (hypernym)instrument

Narrower (hyponym)blade, bow, bow and arrow, brand, brass knuckles, brass knucks, fire ship, flamethrower, Greek fire, gun, hatchet, knife, knuckle duster, knuckles, knucks, lance, light arm, missile, missile, pike, projectile, shaft, slasher, sling, spear, steel, stun baton, stun gun, sword, tomahawk, W.M.D., weapon of mass destruction, WMD

Part meronymarms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system

4. arm (artifact) the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person

Broader (hypernym)armrest

Narrower (hyponym)writing arm

Part meronymarmchair

5. arm (group) a division of some larger or more complex organization

SamplesA branch of Congress.
Botany is a branch of biology.
The Germanic branch of Indo-European languages.

Synonymsbranch, subdivision

Broader (hypernym)division

Narrower (hyponym)executive branch, Executive Office of the President, judicial branch, legislative branch, local post office, post office

6. arm (artifact) the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm


Broader (hypernym)cloth covering

Narrower (hyponym)dolman sleeve, long sleeve, raglan sleeve, shirtsleeve, short sleeve

Part holonymcuff, elbow, turnup, wristband

Part meronymgarment

English verb: arm

1. arm (competition) prepare oneself for a military confrontation

SamplesThe U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East.
Troops are building up on the Iraqi border.

Synonymsbuild up, fortify, gird

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)forearm, re-arm, rearm

Antonymsdisarm, demilitarise, demilitarize

2. arm (possession) supply with arms

SamplesThe U.S. armed the freedom fighters in Afghanistan.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

Narrower (hyponym)munition, rearm

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