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armless

[ahrm-lis] /ˈɑrm lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking an arm or arms:
The Venus de Milo is an armless statue.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see arm1, -less
Related forms
armlessness, noun
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  • Most days he sits in an armless swivel chair, bent over computers set up on a folding table.
  • The subjects would be asked to perform level walking with self-selected pace and sit-to-stand from an armless chair.
Word Origin and History for armless
adj.

late 14c., of physical conditions, from arm (n.1) + -less. Meaning "without weapons" is attested from 1610s (from arm (n.2)), but that sense is more typically expressed by unarmed.

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