Arithmometer to Arms
(Ar`ith*mom"e*ter) n. [Gr. number + -meter: cf. F. arithmomètre.] A calculating machine.
(Ark) n. [OE. ark, arke, arche, AS. arc, earc, earce, fr. L. arca, fr. arcere to inclose, keep
off; akin to Gr. to keep off.]
1. A chest, or coffer. [Obs.]
Bearing that precious relic in an ark.
2. (Jewish Hist.) The oblong chest of acacia wood, overlaid with gold, which supported the mercy seat
with its golden cherubs, and occupied the most sacred place in the sanctuary. In it Moses placed the
two tables of stone containing the ten commandments. Called also the Ark of the Covenant.
3. The large, chestlike vessel in which Noah and his family were preserved during the Deluge. Gen.
vi. Hence: Any place of refuge.
4. A large flatboat used on Western American rivers to transport produce to market.
(Ark"ite) a. Belonging to the ark. [R.] Faber.
(Ark" shell`) (Zoöl.) A marine bivalve shell belonging to the genus Arca and its allies.
Arles penny, earnest money given to servants. Kersey.
(Arles) n. pl. [Cf. F. arrhes, Scot. airles. Cf. Earles penny.] An earnest; earnest money; money
paid to bind a bargain. [Scot.]
(Arm) n. [AS. arm, earm; akin to OHG. aram, G., D., Dan., & Sw. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms,
L. armus arm, shoulder, and prob. to Gr. joining, joint, shoulder, fr. the root to join, to fit together; cf.
Slav. rame. . See Art, Article.]
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, (a) The fore limb of an animal, as of a bear. (b) A limb, or locomotive
or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate animal. (c) A branch of a tree. (d) A slender part of an instrument
or machine, projecting from a trunk, axis, or fulcrum; as, the arm of a steelyard. (e) (Naut) The end of
a yard; also, the part of an anchor which ends in the fluke. (f) An inlet of water from the sea. (g) A
support for the elbow, at the side of a chair, the end of a sofa, etc.
3. Fig.: Power; might; strength; support; as, the secular arm; the arm of the law.
To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? Arm's end, the end of the arm; a good distance off. Dryden. Arm's length, the length of the arm.
Arm's reach, reach of the arm; the distance the arm can reach. To go (or walk) arm in arm,
to go with the arm or hand of one linked in the arm of another. "When arm in armwe went along." Tennyson.
To keep at arm's length, to keep at a distance (literally or figuratively); not to allow to come into
close contact or familiar intercourse. To work at arm's length, to work disadvantageously.
Isa. lii. 1.
(Arm), n. [See Arms.] (Mil.) (a) A branch of the military service; as, the cavalry arm was made
efficient. (b) A weapon of offense or defense; an instrument of warfare; commonly in the pl.
(Arm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Armed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Arming.] [OE. armen, F. armer, fr. L. armare,
fr. arma, pl., arms. See arms.]