(comparative more armlike, superlative most armlike)
- Resembling an arm (limb) or some aspect of one.
arm + -like
Variant of arm
- an upper limb of the human body
- in anatomy, the part of the upper limb between the shoulder and the elbow
- in nontechnical use, the part of the upper limb between the shoulder and the wrist
- anything resembling this in structure or function; esp.,
- the forelimb of some vertebrate animals
- any limb of an invertebrate animal
- anything commonly in contact with the human arm; esp.,
- a sleeve of a garment
- a support for the arm on a chair, sofa, etc.
- anything thought of as armlike, esp. in being attached or connected to something larger: an arm of the sea, a yardarm, the arm of a balance, an arm of the government, etc.
- power to seize, control, etc.: the long arm of the law
- ☆ Baseball, Football ability to pitch or throw a ball
Origin of armMiddle English ; from Old English earm; akin to Classical Latin armus, Gothic arms, Old High German arm: see art
an arm and a leg
a very great amount of money: it cost me an arm and a leg
arm in arm
with arms interlocked, as two persons walking together
at arm's length
at a distance emotionally so as to avoid intimacy, the appearance of favoritism, etc.
put the arm on☆ Slang
- to arrest or restrain
- to request a loan or donation from
with open arms
in a warm and friendly way