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arm·pit

 (ärm′pĭt′)
n.
1. The hollow under the upper part of the arm at the shoulder.
2. Slang The most miserable or undesirable place in a particular area.

armpit

(ˈɑːmˌpɪt)
n
1. (Anatomy) the small depression beneath the arm where it joins the shoulder. Technical name: axilla
2. slang an extremely unpleasant place: the armpit of the Mediterranean.

arm•pit

(ˈɑrmˌpɪt)

n.
the hollow under the arm at the shoulder; axilla.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.armpit - the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulderarmpit - the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder; "they were up to their armpits in water"
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
arteria axillaris, axillary artery - the part of the main artery of the arm that lies in the armpit and is continuous with the subclavian artery above and the brachial artery below
shoulder - the part of the body between the neck and the upper arm

armpit

noun underarm, oxter (Scot., Irish, & Northern English dialect) pit I saw the dark wisps of his armpit hair.
Related words
technical name axilla
adjective axillary

armpit

noun
Slang. A place known for its great filth or corruption:
Translations
إِبْطإبْـطابط
podpažípodpažní jamka
armhule
kainalokainalokuoppa
pazuh
hónalj
handarkriki
腋の下
겨드랑이
alaaxila
pažastis
paduse
subsuoară
podpazušie
armhåla
รักแร้
nách

armpit

[ˈɑːmpɪt] N
1. (Anat) → sobaco m, axila f
2. (= unpleasant place) → cloaca f

armpit

[ˈɑːrmpɪt] naisselle f

armpit

[ˈɑːmˌpɪt] nascella

arm1

(aːm) noun
1. the part of the body between the shoulder and the hand. He has broken both his arms.
2. anything shaped like or similar to this. She sat on the arm of the chair.
ˈarmful noun
as much as a person can hold in one arm or in both arms. an armful of flowers/clothes.
ˈarmband noun
a strip of cloth etc worn round the arm. The people all wore black armbands as a sign of mourning.
ˈarmchair noun
a chair with arms at each side.
ˈarmpit noun
the hollow under the arm at the shoulder.
ˌarm-in-ˈarm adverb
(of two or more people) with arms linked together. They walked along arm-in-arm.
keep at arm's length
to avoid becoming too friendly with someone. She keeps her new neighbours at arm's length.
with open arms
with a very friendly welcome. He greeted them with open arms.

armpit

إِبْط podpaží armhule Achselhöhle μασχάλη axila kainalokuoppa aisselle pazuh ascella 腋の下 겨드랑이 oksel armhule pacha axila подмышка armhåla รักแร้ koltukaltı nách 腋窝

arm·pit

n. axila,
pop. sobaco.

armpit

n (fam) axila, sobaco (fam)
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Formerly the student's armpits were not protected--and at that time the swords were pointed, whereas they are blunt, now; so an artery in the armpit was sometimes cut, and death followed.
With a cry John seized the branch of a tree, whipped the crutch out of his armpit, and sent that uncouth missile hurtling through the air.
The hook had caught him under the right armpit, and he swayed, erect and horrible, head and shoulders above water.
Purun Dass swept the stone floor clean, smiled at the grinning statue, made himself a little mud fireplace at the back of the shrine, spread his antelope skin on a bed of fresh pine-needles, tucked his bairagi--his brass-handled crutch--under his armpit, and sat down to rest.
With his left hand, he negligently folded back his shirt around his right arm, to the very armpit.
The first time he tried it on Mauki, with one sweep of the hand it fetched the skin off his back from neck to armpit.
But the fatal blow never fell, for even as his arm quivered before descending, the Spaniard gave a shudder, and stiffening himself rolled heavily over upon his side, with the blood gushing from his armpit and from the slit of his vizor.
He squeezed head and hands and feet together in a small space, like a new born child seeking sweet sleep, though in truth he was wide awake, and he kept his lyre under his armpit.
There was a raging blast beating in his face, and the thermometer stood below zero; the snow was never short of his knees, and in some of the drifts it was nearly up to his armpits.
I popped out to my armpits and blowed the water out of my nose, and puffed a bit.
Not indeed that I can hope to put into words the charm of those embowered cottages, like nests in the armpits of great trees, tucked snugly in the hollows of those narrow, winding, almost subterranean lanes which burrow their way beneath the warm-hearted Surrey woodlands.
The doctor jumped at his wife's plan, and they took up the hunchback, and passing cords under his armpits they let him down into the purveyor's bed-room so gently that he really seemed to be leaning against the wall.