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1. the upper limb of the human body, esp. the part extending from the shoulder to the wrist.
2. the upper limb from the shoulder to the elbow.
3. the forelimb of any vertebrate.
4. some part of an organism like or likened to an arm.
5. any armlike part or attachment, as the tone arm of a phonograph.
6. a covering for the arm, esp. a sleeve of a garment: the arm of a coat.
7. an administrative or operational branch of an organization: A special arm of the government will investigate.
8. Naut.any of the curved or bent pieces of an anchor, terminating in the flukes. See diag. under anchor.
9. an armrest.
10. an inlet or cove: an arm of the sea.
11. a combat branch of the military service, as the infantry, cavalry, or field artillery.
12. power; might; strength; authority: the long arm of the law.
13. Typography.either of the extensions to the right of the vertical line of a K or upward from the vertical stem of a Y.
14. an arm and a leg, a great deal of money: Our night on the town cost us an arm and a leg.
15. arm in arm, with arms linked together or intertwined: They walked along arm in arm.
16. at arm''s length, not on familiar or friendly terms; at a distance: He''s the kind of person you pity but want to keep at arm''s length.
17. in the arms of Morpheus, asleep: After a strenuous day, he was soon in the arms of Morpheus.
18. on the arm, Slang.free of charge; gratis: an investigation of policemen who ate lunch on the arm.
19. put the arm on, Slang.
a. to solicit or borrow money from: She put the arm on me for a generous contribution.
b. to use force or violence on; use strong-arm tactics on: If they don''t cooperate, put the arm on them.
20. twist someone''s arm, to use force or coercion on someone.
21. with open arms, cordially; with warm hospitality: a country that receives immigrants with open arms.
arm, upper limb in humans. Three long bones form the framework of the arm: the humerus of the upper arm, and the radius and ulna of the forearm. The radius and ulna run parallel but meet at their ends in such a manner that the radius can rotate around the ulna. This arrangement permits turning the forearm to bring the hand palm up or palm down . The radius and ulna hinge with the bones of the hand at the wrist, and with the humerus at the elbow. The biceps brachii, a muscle of the upper arm, bends the arm at the elbow; the triceps brachii straightens the arm. Movement of the arm across the chest and above the head is accomplished by the pectoral muscles of the chest and deltoid muscles of the shoulder, respectively. In an adult the arm is normally five sixths as long as the leg.
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