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limb1 (lɪm Pronunciation for limb1

Definitions

noun

  1. an arm or leg, or the analogous part on an animal, such as a wing
  2. any of the main branches of a tree
  3. a branching or projecting section or member; extension
  4. a person or thing considered to be a member, part, or agent of a larger group or thing
  5. (mainly British) a mischievous child (esp in limb of Satan or limb of the devil)
  6. See out on a limb

verb

  1. (transitive) a rare word for dismember

Derived Forms

ˈlimbless adjective

Word Origin

Old English lim; related to Old Norse limr

limb2 (lɪm Pronunciation for limb2

Definitions

noun

  1. the edge of the apparent disc of the sun, a moon, or a planet
  2. a graduated arc attached to instruments, such as the sextant, used for measuring angles
  3. (botany)
    1. the expanded upper part of a bell-shaped corolla
    2. the expanded part of a leaf, petal, or sepal
  4. either of the two halves of a bow
  5. Also called: fold limb. either of the sides of a geological fold

Word Origin

C15: from Latin limbus edge

Translations for 'limb'

  • British English: limb Your limbs are your arms and legs. NOUNHe was able to stretch out his cramped limbs and rest for a few hours.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: membro
  • Chinese: 四肢
  • European Spanish: miembro
  • French: membre
  • German: Glied
  • Italian: arto
  • Japanese: 手足
  • Korean: 수족
  • Portuguese: membro
  • Spanish: miembro

Example Sentences Including 'limb'

And I will go out on a limb and suggest House of Sand and Fog is also a worthy contender in the category.
Globe and Mail (2003)
But for a brief moment we see a very concerned Ollie prepared to risk life and limb to save his friend.
Independent (1998)
Earlier this year, McCallum ordered lump-sum payments should go retroactively to soldiers who were blinded or lost a limb.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
I hate those terrorists - I want to take them apart limb by limb with my bare hands.
Sun, News of the World (2001)
I just wanted to get my hands on the guy and tear him limb from limb.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
I was a broken limb jerked straight, a dammed river released, snarled hair roughly combed.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
Indications: Paralysis of lower limb ; arthritis of knee.
Low, Royston The Non-Meridial Points of Acupuncture
The ash hardened quickly around the tiny aquatic victims, forming a mould of each curve and limb before their bodies decayed.
New Scientist (2003)
We have no intention of going into a home, certainly while I have life and limb left to fight the ghosts.
Weldon, Fay Splitting

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