- (n.) A small lake. See Mere.
- (v.) To make defective; to do injury to, esp. by cutting off or defacing a part; to impair; to disfigure; to deface.
- (v.) To spoil; to ruin.
- (n.) A mark or blemish made by bruising, scratching, or the like; a disfigurement.
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Definitions for: ARM
- (n.) The limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder to the hand; also, the corresponding limb of a monkey.
- (n.) Anything resembling an arm
- (n.) The fore limb of an animal, as of a bear.
- (n.) A limb, or locomotive or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate animal.
- (n.) A branch of a tree.
- (n.) A slender part of an instrument or machine, projecting from a trunk, axis, or fulcrum; as, the arm of a steelyard.
- (n.) The end of a yard; also, the part of an anchor which ends in the fluke.
- (n.) An inlet of water from the sea.
- (n.) A support for the elbow, at the side of a chair, the end of a sofa, etc.
- (n.) Fig.: Power; might; strength; support; as, the secular arm; the arm of the law.
- (n.) A branch of the military service; as, the cavalry arm was made efficient.
- (n.) A weapon of offense or defense; an instrument of warfare; -- commonly in the pl.
- (v. i.) To provide one's self with arms, weapons, or means of attack or resistance; to take arms.
- (v. t.) To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms.
- (v. t.) To furnish with arms or limbs.
- (v. t.) To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country.
- (v. t.) To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency; as, to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling.
- (v. t.) Fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.
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- (n.) The male of the sheep and allied animals. In some parts of England a ram is called a tup.
- (n.) Aries, the sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of March.
- (n.) The constellation Aries, which does not now, as formerly, occupy the sign of the same name.
- (n.) An engine of war used for butting or battering.
- (n.) In ancient warfare, a long beam suspended by slings in a framework, and used for battering the walls of cities; a battering-ram.
- (n.) A heavy steel or iron beak attached to the prow of a steam war vessel for piercing or cutting down the vessel of an enemy; also, a vessel carrying such a beak.
- (n.) A hydraulic ram. See under Hydraulic.
- (n.) The weight which strikes the blow, in a pile driver, steam hammer, stamp mill, or the like.
- (n.) The plunger of a hydraulic press.
- (v. t.) To butt or strike against; to drive a ram against or through; to thrust or drive with violence; to force in; to drive together; to cram; as, to ram an enemy's vessel; to ram piles, cartridges, etc.
- (v. t.) To fill or compact by pounding or driving.