fore·​arm | \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈärm How to pronounce forearm (audio) \
forearmed; forearming; forearms

Definition of forearm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to arm in advance : prepare


fore·​arm | \ ˈfȯr-ˌärm How to pronounce forearm (audio) \

Definition of forearm (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of the human arm between the elbow and the wrist also : the corresponding part in other vertebrates

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Examples of forearm in a Sentence

Verb forearmed themselves for the championship game with the help of a sports psychologist
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That led to Stoudemire and Boris Diaw leaving the bench as a scrum broke out that included Horry forearming Raja Bell. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns had better chance to win NBA title with Charles Barkley than Steve Nash," 18 May 2020 The team’s initial diagnosis was forearm tightness, and it later was changed to forearm discomfort. John Shea,, "Giants follow familiar formula in 9-2 loss to Dodgers," 19 June 2019 To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and knowing the locations of enemy forces will help ground commanders make critical decisions about their own forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Wants a New Armed Scout Helicopter," 6 Sep. 2018 Forewarned about Russian trolling should be forearmed. Trudy Rubin,, "Report from St. Petersburg: The real story from the Russian troll factory is not what you think | Trudy Rubin," 26 Apr. 2018 No matter how forewarned a team might be, there is no such thing as forearmed. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Mohamad Salah Stands Tall, but Liverpool Cracks Door for Roma," 24 Apr. 2018 Yet if the skater extends an elbow or forearm out from the central axis of rotation, that means a slower spin. Tom Avril,, "Nathan Chen: How the Olympic figure skater's quadruple jumps mix power, precision," 7 Feb. 2018 Forewarned is forearmed, so here's an advance cheat sheet placing the tax cut in perspective. Michael Hiltzik,, "Home Depot's bonuses underscore what workers get out of the corporate tax cut: Peanuts," 30 Jan. 2018 That’s why, faced with a fearsome flu season, Spinney turns to an old adage: forewarned is forearmed. Lily Rothman, Time, "The Worst Flu Pandemic of the 20th Century Has an Urgent Lesson for Today," 26 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Practice observers have seen senior center Dominic Gudino sidelined with a wrap around his right hand that extends to the forearm. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs get their first glimpse of Carson facility during scrimmage," 10 Oct. 2020 Her husband was shot three times: once in the right chest, once in the left abdomen and once in the right forearm. Eric Levenson, CNN, "New Jersey federal judge whose family was attacked details her son's last words," 3 Aug. 2020 Then, without resting, perform the forearm plank hip dip for 30 seconds. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A 10-Minute HIIT Workout for When Everything Feels Overwhelming," 31 Oct. 2020 After Bridgewater fell to the ground, Harris launched his forearm and shoulder area into the side of the quarterback's helmet. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Falcons DE Charles Harris ejected for hit on Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater," 30 Oct. 2020 Fasold appeared on camera Tuesday in a wheelchair, with one forearm covered in what appeared to be a fabric bandage or cast. Don Stacom,, "Ex-volunteer for Plainville junior swim team pleads not guilty to making, distributing child porn," 27 Oct. 2020 How: Start holding a resistance band in a forearm plank. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "No Rocks Required For This Strength-Building Climbing Workout," 17 Oct. 2020 Carrion was shot twice in the chest, once in the abdomen, groin, forearm and leg. Rosemary Sobol,, "Suspect held without bail in July slaying of developmentally delayed young man in Evanston," 16 Oct. 2020 Start in a forearm plank, feet hip-width apart, elbows shoulder-width apart and directly under shoulders, feet on gliders. Ashley Mateo,, "8 Moves for a Stronger and More Stable Core," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of forearm


1584, in the meaning defined above


1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forearm was in 1584

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“Forearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce forearm (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of forearm

: the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist


fore·​arm | \ ˈfȯr-ˌärm How to pronounce forearm (audio) \

Kids Definition of forearm

: the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist


fore·​arm | \ ˈfōr-ˌärm, ˈfȯr- How to pronounce forearm (audio) \

Medical Definition of forearm

: the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist also : the corresponding part in other vertebrates

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