1. Armor; whatever is worn or used for the protection and defense of the body, esp. the protective outfit
of some animals and plants.
2. (Magnetism) A piece of soft iron used to connect the two poles of a magnet, or electro-magnet,
in order to complete the circuit, or to receive and apply the magnetic force. In the ordinary horseshoe
magnet, it serves to prevent the dissipation of the magnetic force.
3. (Arch.) Iron bars or framing employed for the consolidation of a building, as in sustaining slender
columns, holding up canopies, etc. Oxf. Gloss.
(Arm"chair`) n. A chair with arms to support the elbows or forearms. Tennyson.
1. Furnished with weapons of offense or defense; furnished with the means of security or protection.
"And armed host." Dryden.
2. Furnished with whatever serves to add strength, force, or efficiency.
A distemper eminently armed from heaven.
3. (Her.) Having horns, beak, talons, etc; - - said of beasts and birds of prey.
Armed at all points (Blazoning), completely incased in armor, sometimes described as armed cap-à-
pie. Cussans. Armed en flute. (Naut.) See under Flute. Armed magnet, a magnet provided
with an armature. Armed neutrality. See under Neutrality.
Armenian bole, a soft clayey earth of a bright red color found in Armenia, Tuscany, etc. Armenian
stone. (a) The commercial name of lapis lazuli. (b) Emery.
(Ar*me"ni*an) a. [Cf. F. Arménien, L. Armenias, fr. Armenia.] Of or pertaining to Armenia.
1. A native or one of the people of Armenia; also, the language of the Armenians.
2. (Eccl. Hist.) An adherent of the Armenian Church, an organization similar in some doctrines and
practices to the Greek Church, in others to the Roman Catholic.
(Arm"et) n. [F., dim. of arme arm, or corrupted for healmet helmet.] A kind of helmet worn in
the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.
(Arm"ful) n.; pl. Armfulus As much as the arm can hold.
(Arm"gaunt`) a. With gaunt or slender legs. "An armgaunt steed." Shak.
This word is peculiar to Shakespeare. Its meaning has not yet been satisfactorily explained.
(Arm"-gret`) a. Great as a man's arm. [Obs.]
A wreath of gold, arm-gret.
(Arm"hole`) n. [Arm + hole.]
1. The cavity under the shoulder; the armpit. Bacon.
2. A hole for the arm in a garment.