Middle English Dictionary Entry

arm n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1a.
1b.
(a) ~ and croun, arm and crown, all over, completely; bi ~ fot and to, by arm, foot, and toe; (b) ~ in ~, with arms joined or intertwined; (c) armes two (twein), (one's) arms, both arms; (d) folden (one's) armes, to fold (one's) arms; (e) in ~, grasped or held in one's arm; in (betwenen, mid) armes, in one's arms, grasped or held in the arms, in an embrace; (f) lift ~, winstre ~, the left arm; right ~, better ~, the right arm; (g) in oaths: bi armes, by God's arms; (bi) godes armes, etc.
1c.
Anat. grete ~, the complete arm and hand, the arm below the shoulder joint; litel ~, the forearm; arm-bon, the ulna; ~ eddre, a vein in the arm.
1d.
arm-cercle, an arm ring, a bracelet.
2.
(a) The front limb of an ape or a bear; (b) an arm-like appendage of a crab or scorpion.
3.
Something resembling an arm: (a) a narrow portion of the sea, a narrow sea opening into a larger sea; ~ of the se, a strait, a bay, an inlet, an estuary; ~ of Seint George, Seint Georges ~, the Bosporus; (b) a tributary of a river; (c) the sleeve of a garment; (d) a projecting flame or tongue of fire; a shoot or branch of a tree; an end or tail of a bandage; (e) anat. the Fallopian tube.
4.
(a) Strength, power; (b) something produced by one's hands, the fruit of one's toil.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1450(?a1400) Wycl.Clergy HP (Lamb 551)385 : In þe same wise as þe baron or þe knyʒte occupieþ & gouerneþ his baronrye or his knyʒtte, so..occupieþ þe clerke, þe monke, or chanon..þe same lordeschip, and gouerniþ it by þe same lawis in iugement & ponyschinge; as prisonynge & hangynge, wiþ siche oþer worldly turmentynge, þe whiche sum-tyme bylongyd oonly to þe seculer arme of þe chirche.
  • Note: Sense 3. does not really adequately cover this phrase (OD 1st 1782)--per MJW

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arm.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(c)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. great arm.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(c)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. little arm.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arm.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(c)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. great arm.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(c)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. little arm.