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 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 Don’t Blame Us for AfD, Says Facebook Forewarned was forearmed, as far as Germany’s battle with fake ads and fake news during its election campaign was concerned. Alan Murray, Fortune, "You Have to Be Smart and Creative — CEO Daily, Friday 29th September," 29 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her hands and forearms felt heavy, streaked with jagged veins engorged with blood. David Canfield,, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 Ward has broken his foot, collarbone (twice), forearm (twice) and finger since his rookie year, a medical file that’s caused him to miss 32 of 85 games. Eric Branch,, "49ers see plenty of good in Jimmie Ward despite his numerous bad breaks," 17 Oct. 2019 Jim’s arms are fully extended, showing his powerful forearm and bicep muscles, the bat tipped slightly up at 10 degrees. Gregory Orfalea, Los Angeles Times, "Rick Dempsey found success in baseball, but his boyhood friend and teammate struggled," 9 Oct. 2019 Madison Conroy, a college student, suffered fractures to her wrist and forearm, said their lawyer, Garrett M. Moore Sr. of Middlebury. David Owens,, "State police sergeant under investigation for Southbury crash that left mother, daughter injured," 8 Oct. 2019 For his latest work, Winter adorned Teigen's forearm with a familial reminder, documenting the birthdays of her father, mother, husband John Legend and children, Luna and Miles. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Just Got a New Tattoo in Honor of Her Family," 4 Oct. 2019 Keeping forearms on the ground, contract abs, squeeze glutes, tuck toes, and lift body, forming a straight line from head to heels. Rozalynn S. Frazier,, "Get a Full-Body HIIT Workout at Home," 7 Nov. 2019 Officials didn’t spend much time debating whether Ertz used a forearm push-off to the facemask of Kyle Fuller to create separation on his 25-yard touchdown catch in the first half. Dan Wiederer,, "Matt Nagy is guarding against burnout and dejection as the Bears’ losing streak stretches to 4: ‘I’m all about positivity, and that’s the way we attack it’," 3 Nov. 2019 Our two boys piled into our bed, and all four of us endured 90 minutes of empathetic cold sweats and forearm cramps as Alex Honnold climbed 3,000 feet up El Capitan without ropes. Jacob Baynham, Outside Online, "Making Your Kids Uncomfortable Is a Good Thing," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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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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