from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A support for the arm, as on a piece of furniture or within a motor vehicle.

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  • noun A part of a seat (of a chair) designed to support the arm.

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  • noun a support for the arm


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  • The mobile occasional table, which can also be used as an armrest, is quite deliberately an asymmetrical, unique piece, whilst the lumbar cushions, filled with pure down, also contribute to the general adaptability and freedom of use.

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  • Isn't it interesting that if you remove the "m" from "armrest" -- and the "m" looks rather like an armrest -- you get "arrest"?

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  • There's also a ski pass-through hidden behind the rear seat armrest, which is remarkable for a convertible.

  • According to the Southwest Airlines policy, "The armrest is the definitive gauge for a customer of size … customers who are unable to lower both armrests and/or who compromise any portion of adjacent seating should proactively book the number of seats needed prior to travel."

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  • The armrest is the definitive gauge, as it serves as the boundary between seats. what's new online!

  • This design, along with the hidden shock mounts in the armrest allow the outside veneer of the chair to be unmarred by screws or bolts.

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  • The chair seamlessly blends form with function, with a single piece of curved wood serving as leg, back, and an armrest that serves as a surface for small items.

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  • I drew in a deep breath and snuggled deeper into the couch cushions, resting my head against my arm, which lay draped along the armrest.

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  • on an airplane, it's a battle zone of the elbows to see who gets the armrest.

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  • Unfortunately an arm(s)rest is hardly ever at arms' length.

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