arm-n; 10 Senses

Sense Number 1: the forelimb of an animal, most often a human

Commentary: ARM[+projection][+self_propelling][+forelimb][+human/+animal]

Bill broke his arm when he fell off a horse.
She grabbed the child by the arm before he ran into traffic.
A lot of people think he has the best pitching arm in the American League.
The octopus walked across Mary's shoulders, using its muscular arms.
The brothers like to engage in arm wrestling.
They played the one-armed bandits in Las Vegas. (metaphoric)
She returned to the comforting arms of the church. (figurative)
There was some arm-twisting to get them to the negotiating table. (figurative)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a weapon

Commentary: ARM[+artifact][+weapon]
NOTE: usually in the plural

That man is a well-known arms dealer.
Analysts are concerned the region will initiate a new arms race.
They have been trained in the use of deadly arms.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: a subdivision or branch of an organization

Commentary: ARM[+organization][+subdivision]
NOTE: is a social entity, not physical (see Sense 4)

It's the logistical arm of the Air Force.
They are the political arm of that separatist group.
The two agencies are independent arms of the federal government.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 4: a projection, a narrow extension of a structure

Commentary: ARM[+projection][-self_propelling][+extension][+narrow]

The arms on this jacket are a little too long on me.
We anchored the sailboat in a small quiet arm of the bay.
The left arm of the wind shield wipers isn't working very well.
It's a long low arm of land that juts out from the peninsula and is covered in marsh grass.
The monkey nestled into the arms of a big tree for a nap.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4

Sense Number 5: the supportive sides of a chair or sofa

Commentary: ARM[+support][+side][+chair]

The cats have shredded the upholstery on the arms of the sofa.
Mary's dining room chairs have no arms.
Jack rested his elbows on the arms of the easy chair.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 6: heraldic symbols of a family

Commentary: ARM[+symbol][+heraldic]
NOTE: usually (always?) in the plural

This is an old Scottish coat of arms.
We looked at various examples of heraldic arms in the encyclopedia.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2-2

Sense Number 7: baseball player who throws the ball very well

Commentary: ARM[+person][+ballplayer][+baseball][+thrower][+skillful]
NOTE: this sense equates 'arm' with whole person, thus different from Sense 1

He isn't the best arm in the outfield but his batting average is over 400 this year.
They traded him for one of the best arms in the National League.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1f

Sense Number 8: mathematics, the lines that enclose an angle

Commentary: ARM[+form][+mathematical][+line][+enclosing][+angle]

Johnny drew the arms of a right angle with his ruler.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 9: idioms

Commentary: idiom: arm_in_arm (one person's arm linked through another's) idiom: arm_of_the_law (the power or might of legal institutions) idiom: as_long_as_one's_arm (a length, roughly that of a human arm) idiom: at_arm's_length (at a distance, roughly that of a human arm, figuratively) idiom: cost_an_arm_and_a_leg (very expensive, a figurative measure) idiom: give_one's_right_arm (give a lot) idiom: babe_in_arms (very young, too young, naive) idiom: into_the_arms_of (in the possession of) idiom: keep_at_arm's_length (avoid intimacy with) idiom: put_the_arm_on (force or coerce) idiom: with_open_arms (welcoming, accepting) idiom: within_arm's_reach (near, attainable)

Sally and Pete walked arm in arm through the park
These prisoners are well acquainted with the long arm of the law.
He caught a fish as long as your arm.
Without his glasses, Tom could focus his eyes at arm's length.
The new roof on our house cost an arm and a leg.
Tom would give his right arm to be the baseball player his brother is.
The young screenwriter was a babe in arms in Hollywood.
Then the painting fell into the arms of a wealthy Japanese collector, who bought it at auction.
Mary has been keeping John at arm's length since their big fight.
She's been putting the arm on us for donations.
They didn't exactly respond to his proposal with open arms.
They are now within arm's reach of winning the title this year.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 10: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)