sidearm

noun
side·​arm | \ˈsīd-ˌärm \

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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Adjective

sidearm adverb

Examples of sidearm in a Sentence

Adjective

The pitcher has a sidearm delivery.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Burlington Free Press interviewed 15-year-old Matthew Hayden, who attended the rally with a .38 sidearm. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Pro-gun rights activists rally against new measures on firearm sales in Vermont," 2 Oct. 2018 The slab-sided semi-automatic handgun holds seven rounds of .45 ACP ammunition and was the standard sidearm of the U.S. military from World War I to the 1980s, a remarkable longevity. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever Made," 21 Sep. 2018 The right-handed Cimber, who throws sidearm, has created this opportunity by not surrendering a run in six innings over seven appearances. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Adam Cimber has done work to not get left out by Padres," 14 Mar. 2018 Last year, the righthander with the unique sidearm delivery posted a 1.59 ERA, 69 strikeouts and only six walks in 62 1/3 innings between the Phillies and Rockies. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "How Phillies' Pat Neshek (remember him?) could boost bullpen | Extra Innings," 14 June 2018 Phillies reliever Pat Neshek, who achieved the milestone in April, had to overcome skepticism about his sidearm pitching style. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "In baseball, numbers are everything. Why 10 matters most to MLB veterans.," 11 June 2018 The process is to fire the jig hard with a low, sidearm cast aimed to land a few feet short of the target. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Skipping jigs for hard-to-reach bass," 2 May 2018 Rather than give Martin a fourth at-bat against Duffy, Yost turned to rookie Tim Hill, the left-handed, sidearm-throwing reliever who had not allowed a hit in seven appearances. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals unable to build on win, get beat by the Tigers | The Kansas City Star," 21 Apr. 2018 Xavier Dubon took over on the mound and Arcadia notched another run two batters later against the sidearm hurler on a single by Tim Van Kirk. Nathan Cambridge, latimes.com, "Burroughs baseball gives undefeated Arcadia a run," 18 Apr. 2018

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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)

: done with your arm moving out to the side

sidearm

adverb
side·​arm | \ˈsīd-ˌärm \

Kids Definition of sidearm

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

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