Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bone of the arm or fore limb; especially, the bone of the upper arm; the humerus.

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Examples

  • There was a hand-shaped reliquary containing an arm-bone (of St. John the Baptist?), which pointed at the sky just like John the Baptist is always shown doing.

    Reliquaries: Saints Preserve(d for) Us!

  • There was a hand-shaped reliquary containing an arm-bone (of St. John the Baptist?), which pointed at the sky just like John the Baptist is always shown doing.

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  • Stiches is the first example I thought of - how many of us still carry around the useless arm-bone we got when we went back and whomped him good?

    Hoping for WTF in the New Year

  • He dropped the object in disgust, discovering that it was indeed an old arm-bone.

    Conan The Hunter

  • He drew out an arm-bone, scarcely more than child size, and stroked away the clinging earth.

    A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • Homology may be further distinguished into (1) a relationship which, on evolutionary principles, would be due to descent from a common ancestor, as the homological relation between the arm-bone of the horse and that of the ox, or between the singular ankle bones of the two lemurine genera, cheirogaleus and galago, and which relation has been termed by Mr. Ray

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Tessibel wound her fingers about the arm-bone of the hag.

    Tess of the Storm Country

  • Jed turned very white, and let out a big grunt -- but we heard a fine snap, and we knew that the head of the arm-bone had chucked back into the shoulder-socket where it belonged.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Boy Scouts in the Rockies

  • Its thigh-bone is six feet eight inches in length, and its upper arm-bone, or humerus, is even slightly longer.

    Dinosaurs With Special Reference to the American Museum Collections

  • It kicks forward, raising its long and powerful leg high in the air and bringing it down with a blow so swift that the eye cannot follow it and so forcible that I have seen one such stroke smash all together the collar-bone, shoulder-blade, upper arm-bone and half the ribs on that side of its unfortunate victim, a big, agile, vigorous

    Andivius Hedulio Adventures of a Roman Nobleman in the Days of the Empire

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