1 The limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder to the hand; also, the corresponding limb of a monkey.
2 Anything resembling an arm; as,
3 Fig.: Power; might; strength; support; as, the secular arm; the arm of the law. To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed Isa. lii. 1. Arm’s end, the end of the arm; a good distance off. Dryden.
1 To take by the arm; to take up in one’s arms. [Obs.] And make him with our pikes and partisans A grave: come, arm him. Shak. Arm your prize; I know you will not lose him. Two N. Kins.
2 To furnish with arms or limbs. [R.] His shoulders broad and strong, Armed long and round. Beau. & Fl.
3 To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country. Abram . . . armed his trained servants. Gen. xiv. 14.
4 To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency; as, to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling.
5 Fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense. Arm yourselves . . . with the same mind. 1 Pet. iv. 1. To arm a magnet, to fit it with an armature.
To provide one’s self with arms, weapons, or means of attack or resistance; to take arms. ” ‘Tis time to arm.” Shak.