sidearm

noun
side·​arm | \ ˈsīd-ˌärm How to pronounce sidearm (audio) \

Definition of sidearm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a weapon (such as a sword, revolver, or bayonet) worn at the side or in the belt

sidearm

adjective

Definition of sidearm (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, using, or being a throw (as in baseball) in which the arm is not raised above the shoulder and the ball is thrown with a sideways sweep of the arm between shoulder and hip sidearm delivery a sidearm pass

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Other Words from sidearm

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sidearm adverb

Examples of sidearm in a Sentence

Adjective

The pitcher has a sidearm delivery.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There was a little too much talk of packing sidearms and confronting looters, and about which billionaire had donated the use of his airplane. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "A Haphazard Recovery in the Bahamas," 16 Sep. 2019 Aside from left-handed sidearm specialist Adam Kolarek and right-hander Dylan Floro, who has battled several minor injuries, most of the Dodgers’ relievers have strong splits against both left- and right-handers. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Caleb Ferguson’s resurgence underlines Dave Roberts’ faith in Dodgers’ bullpen," 9 Sep. 2019 After a duty shift, guards at the Marine Barracks are required to unload their sidearms in the presence of a supervisor to ensure that the guns are rendered safe, McKenna said. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "Marine failed to properly unload his pistol before fatal shooting of fellow Marine, prosecutor says," 24 Aug. 2019 After a duty shift, guards at the Marine Barracks are required to unload their sidearms in the presence of a supervisor to ensure that the guns are rendered safe, McKenna said. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Prosecution details fatal shooting of Minnesota Marine by his colleague," 23 Aug. 2019 Kyler zipped it sidearm before the window was even there. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals rookie Kyler Murray looked calm and in total command against Chargers," 9 Aug. 2019 If not for the bravery of the outgunned police at the Gilroy festival, who were fortunately nearby, responded immediately and risked their lives to attack the shooter with their sidearms, the Gilroy attack could have been much, much deadlier. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Gilroy shows why nation needs an assault-weapons ban," 4 Aug. 2019 Rather than make an overhead throw to Boykin and give Humphrey a better angle on the ball, Jackson, already leaning to his right, delivered a Patrick Mahomes-esque sidearm strike. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "After another strong day from Lamar Jackson, John Harbaugh ‘real pleased’ with Ravens’ passing game," 3 Aug. 2019 But Lock also flashed the brilliance which made him a coveted draft prospect, including an on-the-run completion to wide receiver Fred Brown in which Lock rolled right and connected with a nifty sidearm delivery. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Why Drew Lock never intended to miss Broncos training camp practices," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of sidearm

Noun

1689, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1890, in the meaning defined above

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sidearm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sidearm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a weapon (such as a sword or handgun) that is worn on your hip or in your belt

sidearm

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sidearm (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : done with your arm moving out to the side

sidearm

adverb
side·​arm | \ ˈsīd-ˌärm How to pronounce sidearm (audio) \

Kids Definition of sidearm

: with the arm moving out to the side She threw the ball sidearm.

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