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[ahrm-rest] /ˈɑrmˌrɛst/
a projecting, often padded support for the forearm, as at the side of a chair or sofa or between seats in a theater, car, or airplane.
Also called arm.
Origin of armrest
1885-90; arm1 + rest1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Such contact is usually tolerable, unless dished out by one of the flying world's armrest hogs.
  • But between seats is a five inch armrest, enough space so you can sit back straight without shoulders touching your seatmate.
  • Couples can sit angled towards each other and use the large middle armrest as a table.
  • Here's the seat control unit, entertainment remote and right-armrest adjustment button.
  • She locks the interface next to the fixed armrest, slightly lower, and then drops her arm from the armrest into the interface.
  • Swivel armrest to facilitate side transfers from wheelchair.
  • Therefore, in cases where the aircraft seat armrest does not pivot out of the way, transferring is further complicated.
  • Pull up on the armrest to spread the space between the posts.
  • To open the compartment, one had to use an electric motor to release a tension strap so that the armrest would lift up.
British Dictionary definitions for armrest


the part of a chair, sofa, etc, that supports the arm Sometimes shortened to arm
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