from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something designed as a rest for the arm; specifically, that portion of a choir-stall which is designed to support the arms of the occupant when he is in either a leaning or a standing posture; also, the carved end of a bench, as in a church-pew.


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  • In the case of this particular special edition Phantom, that means deep maroon leather seats and shag-pile carpets topped off with a “night sky­interior” of LED stars that twinkle above the passenger as he sips champagne from a bottle that fits snugly into a cooler concealed in the arm-rest.

    Boom in Luxury Cars Sales Driven by the Super-Rich in China | Impact Lab 2010

  • But look, in an audience of thug-lites and gelled meatheads, including the one sitting next to me (practically wrestling me for arm-rest dominance), the mood was one of hilarity, not disgust.

    fourfour: 2009

  • She's been living in a fantasy world since the night we got spliffed up and ended up watching Natural Born Killers on the couch, feeling each other up while her fat-arse sister snored in the arm-rest close by.

    Four Queens Mark Staniforth 2011

  • Anna Post , etiquette expert: There is no innate winner of the arm-rest battle.

    So Who Gets the Armrest? Scott McCartney 2011

  • His Adam's apple was bobbing up and down in his throat in irritation; his fingers drummed impatiently against the arm-rest.

    Fifty-One 2010

  • Red Sox girl was perched on the arm-rest next to him, leaning in close and letting her hair fall in his face like a curtain that encased the two of them.

    The Summer I Turned Pretty Jenny Han 2009

  • He becomes angry or extremely motivated at one point, and proceeds to rip the right arm-rest off his seat.

    A mammalian fossil takes wing 2006

  • During the movie, I somehow managed to rip the right arm-rest off my seat (it was apparently just hanging on by a thread, or a piece of plastic).

    A mammalian fossil takes wing 2006

  • Think I spent much of the film with my fingers digging into the arm-rest, sitting bolt upright in my seat.

    Filmstalker Review: United 93 2006

  • As for how they'd FIT in the chair, they'd be fairly flexible (like a real bird's) and could sort of flip to the side a bit by the arm-rest (or slide behind (or between) the chair and armrest).

    Friday bits and pieces | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources 2008


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